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Blu-ray Review: ELIZABETH HARVEST

ELIZABETH HARVEST was written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez and stars Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Carla Gugino, Matthew Beard and Dylan Baker.

In Elizabeth Harvest, Elizabeth (Abbey Lee), a beautiful young newlywed, arrives at the palatial estate of her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Ciarán Hinds). Ensconced in modernist luxury with an obedient — if slightly unsettling — house staff (Carla Gugino and Matthew Beard), she has seemingly everything she could want. But one mystery tantalizes her: what is behind the locked door to Henry’s laboratory that he has forbidden her to enter? When an inquisitive Elizabeth dares to find out, everything she thought she knew about her husband — and about herself — will change.

This modern day gothic chiller takes the “Blue Beard” fairytale and gives it a modern day upgrade with a high-tech twist. This is also a story that’s had many different adaptations in cinema over the years with fan favorites like Ex Machina that also used the same basic concept. The focus of the story is on Elizabeth (Abbey Lee), a beautiful young newlywed who’s older husband Henry (Ciarán Hinds) is hiding all kinds of dark secrets. There’s also something a little off about Claire (Carla Gugino), Henry’s loyal assistant/homekeeper and Oliver (Matthew Beard), his visually impaired son and all of this is slowly revealed as the movie plays out.

When Elizabeth arrives at her high-tech castle, she’s given the grand tour where Henry tells her that she has free rein in her new home except for one mysterious room that’s strictly off limits. What happens is, curiosity gets the best of her so she decides to enter the room where she makes a shocking discovery and this is when everything spirals way out of control. Henry finds out that she’s disobeyed him and Elizabeth suffers the unfortunate circumstances at the hands of her sinister husband and then this eerie event strangely repeats itself. With each altercation, the secrets slowly surface in this dark yarn that takes a deadly turn when Elizabeth uncovers the shocking truth and decides she wants out but she finds out that exiting this nightmarish prison is going to be nearly impossible.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Elizabeth Harvest is a gothic modern day chiller that’s a mixture of Frankenstein, Black Mirror and Hitchcock all rolled into one complex story that’s full of twists. The movie is a dark character study that’s also a who’s who that slowly reveals itself as this terrifying tale of identity crisis and love lost unfolds. It’s a beautifully shot movie that features some standout colors to help with key scenes and there’s some impressive cinematography to help set the mood of each of these scenes. The small cast of Elizabeth Harvest does a great job with their characters so its only downfall is the fact that it’s an extreme slow burn at times. Needless to say it has some pacing issues and I have a problem with that. If you can get through this shortcoming then the payoff is worth the wait because all the twists are finally revealed as this high-tech gothic chiller plays out. Elizabeth Harvest will be available on Blu-ray on December 4th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making of featurette that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew and the official trailer.

  • Making of Elizabeth Harvest (14:39)
  • Trailer (01:52)

 

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