Blu-ray Review: OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN

OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN is based on the novel “The Visitor” by Chauncey G. Parker III. The movie was directed by George P. Cosmatos from a screenplay by Brian Taggert and stars Peter Weller, Shannon Tweed, Jennifer Dale, Kenneth Welsh and Louis Del Grande.

When not mired in the corporate rat race, Wall Street executive Bart Hughes is king of his sleek Manhattan brownstone … until he finds his castle under siege by the most determined of home intruders. Forced to enter a rat race of an entirely different sort, Bart takes a stand, with his survival and sanity at stake. Peter Weller stars in Of Unknown Origin, an eerie and nerve-tingling suspense thriller directed by George P. Cosmatos and the winner of Paris International Film Festival Awards for Best Picture and Actor. Cleverly and compellingly, the film draws you into a battle of wits, namely one with an intruder that’s formidable, persistent and clever enough to lure Bart (Weller) along on an unwitting path to self-destruction. In the battle of man versus beast, push has come to scream.

Peter Weller (Robocop, Sons of Anarchy) stars in Of Unknown Origin, an eerie and nerve-tingling suspense thriller directed by George P. Cosmatos (Tombstone, Cobra) and the winner of Paris International Film Festival Awards for Best Picture and Actor. Cleverly and compellingly, the film draws you into a battle of wits, namely one with an intruder that’s formidable, persistent and clever enough to lure Bart (Weller) along on an unwitting path to self-destruction. In the battle of man versus beast, push has come to scream.

When Bart Hughes’ wife and son go out of town for a few days he’s left home alone with lots of work on his mind but that quickly changes when he realizes that he’s got company. When Bart discovers there’s a big rat that has found its way inside his home that he completely forgets about his day job and spends his time getting rid of this giant pest no matter what the cost. This literal game of cat and mouse slowly transforms Bart into a psychopath who’s hellbent on killing this unwanted intruder that proves to be a surprisingly smart beast that likes to torment its human host with a combination of fear and humor. In the end, Bart comes out on top and finally defeats the terrifying rodent and also realizes how much he misses his family. Of course, the house is destroyed and he’s got a lot of explaining to do.

The front of the packaging features the classic 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. Scream Factory has given Of Unknown Origin a 2K scan from the interpositive. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Of Unknown Origin is another classic Warner Bros. title that has been given the Scream Factory treatment and deservingly so. The name is a bit misleading but the movie is an entertaining character study that follows this business man who spirals into madness with his war against this unwanted intruder that has arrived in his nice home. The movie kind of fits alongside classics like House with slight touch of Home Alone to it because it’s all about the main character who wages a one man war against his enemy. It’s also an enemy that we hardly ever see which is a part of this movie’s charm. What’s so much fun about it is that the viewer gets to watch this character slowly change as he battles it out with this terrifying rodent with the end result being a destroyed home and a man who shows how much he missed his family when they finally arrive back home. Actor Peter Weller nails it with his performance and director George P. Cosmatos captures it all with his camera. As far as the rat goes, it’s creepy presence is terrifying whenever it makes an appearance and the old school practical effects used to create it look great. Of Unknown Origin will be available on Blu-ray for the first time ever on May 22nd.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include three new interviews with some of the cast and crew. There’s one extremely entertaining interview with actor Louis Del Grande that you’re sure to enjoy. There’s also two trailers and a still gallery.

  • NEW 2K scan from the interpositive
  • NEW The Origins of Unknown Origin – an interview with executive producer Pierre David (14:10)
  • NEW That Rat Movie – an interview with writer Brian Taggert (17:56)
  • NEW Hey, Weren’t You in Scanners? – an interview with actor Louis Del Grande (14:07)
  • Audio Commentary with director George P. Cosmatos and actor Peter Weller
  • Theatrical Trailers (02:56)
  • Still Gallery (02:54)

 

 

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