Every now and then a film-lover can be completely surprised by something they find but have never heard about on dvd. "SERAPHIM FALLS" is a perfect example! The fact that this film never got a national release, was directed by someone with no previous film experience to speak of, and received no marketing, would lead one to suspect a dud in every way! WRONG! "SERAPHIM FALLS" is a great film! Mind you, even "great films" can have flaws and "SERAPHIM FALLS" has a few, but the acting, direction, images and pacing of the film are so engaging, that it's easy to overlook a few problems that pop up infrequently. Similar in tone to Cornel Wilde's "THE NAKED PREY," "SERAPHIM FALLS" is actually a much better film! From literally the first minute of the film, a former Union Captain(Brosnan) is being brutally pursued by former rebel(Liam Neeson) for a horrible event that occurred at "SERAPHIM FALLS." The "what happened" subplot is the really weak part of the film. What is more captivating is the non-stop hunt/chase/hide aspect of the film. Even when sweeping John Ford-like vistas appear for humbling reflection, some brutal action is soon to follow. When viewers do find out what happened at "SERAPHIM FALLS" and led to this hunt, it's semi-disappointing. Not ridiculous by any standpoint, but the flashbacks leading up to and revealing it are the least capably directed moments of the film. Worse, it's just hard to view Angie Harmon on screen without believing the film went past its budget and was willing to take on anyone.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a terrific transfer. As mentioned, the cinematography is outstanding and it receives complimentary presentation here. Detail is excellent and there's impressive depth in most scenes. The darker scenes offer deep blacks and grays. Grain is never a problem and there were no artifacts. Colors vary in boldness from scene to scene, but are typically rich.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's very aggressive at times, but there are large portions wherein subtle effects are delegated to the front. There are enough discrete effects to impress and engulf the audience. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has included a commentary with the director and Brosnan, as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers for other films.