Clown (Blu-ray)
SRP $26.99 2.40:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 STARZ/ANCHOR BAY
 

While Eli Roth's name is meant to increase the audience for "CLOWN," it's the director, Jon Watts(Cop Car) responsible for making this horror film vastly more entertaining than any of Roth's films have ever been.

A realtor is trying to make it home to celebrate his son's birthday after a last minute cancellation of the hired clown. Kent thinks he's in luck upon finding a clown costume within a trunk in his most recent listing. After putting it on and making his son and friends happy at the birthday party, things get scary when Kent finds he can't remove the costume or makeup. No matter how hard he tries to remove it, only skin and blood come off. Things get much scarier as the film unfolds.

Watts pushes the envelope when placing kids in danger(as he did with his previous Cop Car), but "Clown" isn't merely an exploitation film. There's real craftsmanship going on here and while it's definitely not for the squeamish, there are a fair share of scenes reminiscent of old Val Lewton films, wherein the unseen is allowed to be far scarier than what is visible.

STARZ/ANCHOR BAY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p blu-ray. While the film is well crafted, the transfer is less complimenting. While contrast is impressive, retaining most detail in darker scenes, the colors are so restrained as to appear muted in various scenes. Detail is decent but never very impressive. Apparently the film's budget is being made too transparent with the lackluster quality of this high-def transfer.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is impressive. While never bombastic, discrete effects and LFE effects are used creatively here. It's a creative, effective mix and definitely adds to the film's eeriness.

Along with the blu-ray and UV code, a short featurette and trailer have been included.