Eli Roth seemed caught by surprise at the horrible box-office response to his sequel, "HOSTEL PART 11." In truth, it only demonstrates that there are those directors who don't seem to understand why their good films are good, and their bad, bad. This reviewer loathed "CABIN FEVER." For a budget bigger than many horror films, it was mediocre(at best)on every level. "HOSTEL," while flawed, actually showcased a fine performance from its main actor, and the gritty atmosphere worked throughout most of the film, in spite of one too many over-the-top exploitation sequences.
"HOSTEL PART II" has been released on blu-ray and dvd by SONY. The "twist" in this tale, is that it focuses on girls as victims over guys. Three college girls vacationing, are duped by a model to visit a spa in Slovakia, it's not long before they venture the "hostel" from the first film. Two guys with a thirst for depravity are bidding on the girls for their own sick intentions.
One knows all will not end well. While there are some scary moments, there aren't any on the level of the first film. Still, it's not nearly as bad or even mediocre as the majority of critics claimed it had been. It's not as slick or tense or engaging as Snyder's "DAWN OF THE DEAD," but it has its share of really good(not great) moments. Roth has been making statements that are less crazy than Romero's "assertions" of serious political undertones in "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD," concerning the double standard applied to women being tortured vs men, in film. In truth, there is a real subtext to this claim in the film, and it's worth considering. That said, as much as Director Eli Roth has claimed his film makes a case "against" violence, his statement alone, makes him appear to be either insane, or just really, really desperate.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio(with 16:9 enhancement for dvd) on both dvd and blu-ray. While the dvd is generally a solid transfer, with rich colors and better than average detail, there are sudden moments wherein it gets too soft and dark. Thankfully, these are few and far between.
The blu-ray offers a 1080p/AVC MPEG 4 transfer. Unfortunately, the transfer here is disappointing. Colors are pushed too far, and the oversaturation diminishes the power to more than a few scenes. There is also a surprising amount of noise running throughout. It's not anywhere up there with the best SONY blu-ray releases.
The dvd offers a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not an aggressive mix, this one's perfect for the film. Music is better focused than the previous film mix on dvd. Ambient effects are used more effectively with creepy impact and dialogue is well balanced throughout. A really good mix.
The blu-ray offers a PCM 5.1 mix. This mix is notably better than the fine one found on dvd. It's more aggressive, without ever being bombastic, and the music is more effective here, with greater fidelity for all speakers. Deep bass is more prominent too, without ever overshadowing the dialogue.
This extended version is much more gruesome than the theatrical version. Additionally, there are deleted scenes, three audio commentaries and featurettes.