Based or rather, "inspired" by a real serial killer's exploits in the Australian outback, "WOLF CREEK" has been released on HD-DVD by GENIUS PRODUCTS. Having won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, in addition to great praise from Quentin Tarantino, one is left scratching their head while watching this one. Gore for the sake of gore isn't really impressive, and while this reviewer admits to never having been a fan of "any" of the "TEXAS CHAINSAW" films and the like, at least "some" of those gore and slasher films had some technique and style to them. "WOLF CREEK" offers nothing new and it makes the dumbest characters of the "FRIDAY THE 13th" films seem like MENSA members in retrospect. The girl victims here are beyond just stupid! It's really annoying to watch.
The film was actually shot with high definition cameras. Colors are solid but never vibrant. They vary from either looking subdued or with unusual tints. But, being a low budget film, the look presented helps the director's intended gritty atmosphere. Darker scenes tend to be extremely grainy, but there are plenty that provide great, realistic depth.
GENIUS PRODUCTS has provided a DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 mix. This isn't an aggressive mix. However, surrounds kick in with great impact during the film's final half, providing some genuine tense moments. Separation effects are generally delegated to the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible.
All of the extras from the dvd have been carried over.