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While the filmmakers behind FEAST ($29) may have their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks, this low budget gore fest from executive producers Wes Craven, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Chris Moore proves to be more than a tasty treat for horror hounds looking for something to sink their fangs into. What I like about FEAST is the fact that it doesn’t take any prisoner and doesn’t make any apologies for being streamlined horror movie that offers buckets of blood and gore, not to mention a few laughs along the way.

OK, so maybe FEAST offers more than its share of twisted comic moments to place the film into the "horror comedy" category, however the comedy never dilutes the impact of the film’s more horrific moments. The plot of FEAST is as simple as they get- hungry monsters lay siege on a bar in the middle of nowhere with the intent of chowing down on the proprietors and patrons in as grisly fashion as possible. Where the monsters come from is never explained and the characters are as purposely generic as possible- all that matters in this movie is the fight for survival: either the people kill the monsters, or they end up the next course in the monster’s dinner feast. The cast of FEAST includes Navi Rawat, Krista Allen, Balthazar Getty, Judah Friedlander, Jenny Wade, Duane Whitaker, Josh Zuckerman, Eileen Ryan, Clu Gulager, Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Eric Dane, Chauntae Davies, Diane Goldner, Somah Haaland, Tyler Patrick Jones and Jason Mewes.

The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment has made FEAST available on DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. FEAST looks really good on DVD, sure this isn’t a demo disc, but for a dark, modestly budgeted horror movie, there is nothing to complain about. The levels of sharpness and image detail are generally very good, although some shots do come up a little short, but they never go anywhere near the unacceptable category. Colors tend to favor the earthen tones of the film’s desert roadhouse locations, but the blood reds do gush a gory crimson, while the flesh tones always appear accurate. Blacks are on the money, whites are stable, plus the picture has smooth contrast, and for the most part, produces more than satisfactory shadow detail, although some darker moments are a bit murky. The film elements are free from noticeable flaws, while things do appear somewhat grainy during the darker moments. Digital compression artifacts are pretty much a non-issue.

FEAST comes with an effective Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. As expected, the sound designers never miss an opportunity to add creepy sound effects to the track, which ups the ante in terms of suspense. All of the discrete channels are well deployed, especially during the monster attack sequences, with the surrounds also providing a good level of atmosphere. Fidelity is excellent- creating convincing sound effects, as well as a strong musical component. The bass channel is solid and adds a sense of weight to the effects. Voices are natural sounding, plus the film’s dialogue is always completely understandable. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English and Spanish subtitles are provided.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some nice supplements. Starting things off is a running audio commentary with director John Gulager, co-writers Marcus Dunstan, and Patrick Melton, co-producers Michael Leahy and Joel Soisson, makeup effects designer Gary Tunnicliffe and editor Kirk M. Morri. Featurettes include Horror Under The Spotlight: Making Feast (eleven minutes) and The Blood And Guts Of Gary Tunnelcliffe (nine minutes). Five Deleted Scenes including an Alternate Ending, Outtakes, Soundtrack Promotion and Bonus Trailers close out the supplements.

Mixing humor with gore, FEAST is an appetizing entree for genre buffs. The Weinstein Company’s DVD provides a good looking and sounding presentation that won’t upset anyone’s cravings for horror.



Feast (2006)



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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