Blu-ray Review: The ID


The ID was directed by Thommy Hutson and stars genre fave Amanda Wyss as a lonely woman trapped in the abusive prison of her childhood home with her tyrannical father. A chance at real happiness sends her on a direct path with the confrontation she’s avoided all her life, setting off a nightmarish world of nerve-shredding suspense and claustrophobic terror. Amanda Wyss delivers a raw and startling performance as Meridith opposite Patrick Peduto as her father. Jamye Méri Grant, Malcolm Matthews and Brent Witt co-star as the suspicious outsiders drawn into Meridith’s world of hallucinatory dementia.

For decades, Meridith Lane (Wyss) has felt trapped in her home. Surviving on memories of youth, she watches the years slip by while caring for her abusive father…until a figure from her past makes a surprising return. In order to live the life she desires, Meridith must confront her father’s monstrous cruelty and attempt to escape his tyrannical grip. But the man who controls her every move won’t let go without a fight, leading father and daughter into a series of desperate and irreversible acts. As Meridith’s psyche is slowly pushed to the breaking point, the line between fantasy and reality is hopelessly blurred. With strangers prying at the door and the walls of her childhood home closing in, Meridith spirals into a frightening world of paranoia, madness…and violence.


The story for The ID was intensely dark and thought-provoking to say the least. The movie is easily story and character driven so it doesn’t rely on any kind of special effects or anything like that. It does have just a little blood but there’s not much of that at all. Thommy Hutson did a fantastic job capturing the grimm mood and dark atmosphere for this intense psycho-thriller. The focus of the story is all about this one woman who has been trapped taking care of her father for so long that she has missed out on starting a life of her own. The movie starts out uncomfortable enough and this poor woman’s confined world slowly deteriorates as her tragic tale unfolds while her mental status flatlines.


The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The ID ended up being one of those movies that comes from out of nowhere and blows the viewer away in a number of ways. It’s an emotional gut puncher to the max! The acting was really good and the small cast did a fantastic job here but it’s Amanda Wyss who puts on an emotionally charged performance. Amanda Wyss brought her “A” game for The ID. This character of hers is just so mentally abused, tired and drained that she finally snaps and then everything goes from bad to worse for her. This uncomfortable relationship her character has with the old man is like a ticking time bomb from the very beginning. You know that something terrible is going to happen but you just don’t know what it’s going to be and when it’s going down. Don’t worry because it doesn’t take long for the shit to hit the fan in this fast-paced tragedy. So what did I think about the movie? This is the best indie psycho-thriller that I’ve watched in a long time! The Blu-ray releases on October 25th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Hutson Ranch Media

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: Good Stuff! This Blu-ray is packed with some in depth bonus material that covers everything from the trailer to audition clips and everything in between. You can see the full list below.

  •  Needs, Wants & Desires: Behind The Scenes of The Id featurette (25:25)
  • Audio Commentary with director/producer Thommy Hutson and actress Amanda Wyss
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes (06:29)
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage (08:55)
  • Audition Clips (08:45)
  • Trailer (01:58)
  • Photo Gallery (02:00)



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