||DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1
||DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
MAGNOLIA FILMS may not be releasing a ton of blu-rays in comparison to
other studios, but their blu-ray transfers have previously been consistently
Their latest, "EDEN LOG," frustrates as much as it impresses. It's main
character, unnamed until the end, emerges from a primordial swamp, without any
concept of who he is, or why he's there. Seeing a blinking light in the
distance, he ventures towards it, taking it down from the bones supporting it.
Strange vegetation and even stranger creatures run amok, hunting down one
another or being hunted. We continue to follow this main character as he makes
his way through the strange complex, reverting backwards in the evolutionary
scale in the bizarre setting, while being hunted by strange soldiers and
"Alien-like" creatures jumping in and out of the landscape. There isn't much in
the way of narrative and much less-so in the way of suspense. While "EDEN LOG"
offers some striking imagery and some eerie moments, it gets weighted down by
slow, uneven pacing. The fact that there's no attempt made for the audience to
identify with the main character is perhaps the most troubling aspect of the
While not a film that this reviewer can heartilly recommend, there are certainly
viewers who will become fans of "EDEN LOG" and in spite of several painfully
slow moments, it manages to hold one's interest at the beginning and especially
during its last 20 minutes.
MAGNOLIA FILMS has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1
blu-ray transfer and dvd. Unfortunately, "EDEN LOG" breaks MAGNOLIA'S trend for
providing great detail on blu-ray. The color scheme is intentionally subdued,
and close to black&white, which compliments the noir-ish production design.
However, while a straight black&white design would be fine, there's a green-ish
tint over most scenes, and it's annoying throughout. Depth varies in quality
from scene to scene, with some moments looking terrific, but many more looking
no better than standard definition. In fact, in scene-to-scene comparisons, the
standard resolution dvd actually fared the same on most counts.
MAGNOLIA has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix with an English mix,
and a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for the dvd. The lossy mix sounds terrific
from beginning to end, with a completely immersive environment. Dynamic range
is phenomenal, with subtle effects as notable as the deep bass effects. The
music is also impressive and complimented with perfect balance amidst dialogue
and layers of sound effects. While the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on the dvd is quite
good, it can't compare to the fidelity offered on the DTS-HD mix. Bass, and
subtle nuances never impress in the way the blu-ray mix manages to.
MAGNOLIA has also included the shorter French version of the film, albeit, only
in standard definition.