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SRP $26.98 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 MAGNOLIA FILMS
 
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SRP $34.98 1.85:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 MAGNOLIA FILMS
 

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 impressive.
 
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 film.
 
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.