Blu-ray Review: THE SHOW

THE SHOW (fka This Is Your Death) was directed by Giancarlo Esposito from a screenplay by Noah Pink and Kenny Yakkel and stars Josh Duhamel, Sarah Wayne Callies, Caitlin FitzGerald, Chris Elis, Giancarlo Esposito and Famke Janssen. 

Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen, and Giancarlo Esposito highlight this pulse-pounding thriller about a reality show that exploits the on-camera deaths of its players — on live TV. After a dating show ends in violence, its host Adam Rogers (Duhamel) and a ratings-hungry network exec (Janssen) launch a terrifying new program that promises fresh kills every week. The tension mounts as a kindhearted janitor (Esposito) joins the deadly program, hoping to help his struggling family survive…at any cost.

The opening scene shows this tragedy take place on this dating show that leaves Adam scarred but for only a brief period because he brainstorms this insane new reality show that allows people to come on and commit suicide for a big payday while the audience watches. There’s big money and power that comes with this new gig and it quickly changes Adam into a heartless and power hungry exploitation machine. The story also follows Mason Washington, a hard working janitor who loses his job right there at the same network. He has a hard time finding new employment, so when there’s no other alternative, he decides to go on the show so that he can leave his family financially sound. There’s also Adam’s sister Karina who is dealing with some personal issues of her own so she also decides to go on the show to not only escape from this dark world she lives in but to hopefully wake her brother up so that he can see what he’s turned into.

Okay, I went into this movie not really expecting too much and came out of it blown away. The story is so interesting and the movie itself is extremely fascinating because so many viewers are hooked on these crazy reality TV shows. Giancarlo Esposito did a really good job telling the story and bringing this dark and terrifying world to life on screen as well as playing this likable janitor who will do anything for his family. Josh Duhamel delivered an intense performance as this reality host who loses himself in two different ways when tragedy strikes his world, not once but twice. Famke Janssen does a great job as this heartless network executive who pushes the limits and boundries without any concern for consequences or backlash. There’s also Sarah Wayne Callies who plays the sister of this reality show host who is a caring person but she comes with a weakness that she can’t escape from. There’s even a cameo by James Franco in the movie but don’t blink or you’ll miss him. I’m not sure why they changed the name from This is Your Death to The Show but I’m guessing political correctness is to blame.

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 Blu-ray disc also features some matching 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 Show was a really fantastic psychological-thriller that delivers a disturbing take on these reality game shows that continue to be must see TV all around the world. It also asks the question, how far would you go to be on television? Giancarlo Esposito pulls double duty as the director and one of the characters in the movie and he did a really good job telling this sick and twisted story. Sure, the movie isn’t going to be for everyone because it’ll appeal more to horror fans than any other kind of audeince out there simply because it’s an extremely dark psycho-thriller. You may also look at these reality shows a little differently after viewing this because something like this could actually happen one of these days. I know Japan taks there reality shows to a whole new limit compared to what we get here in the states. Anyway, this was a really good watch (not for the faint of heart) and so much better than I thought it was going to be. The Show releases on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on November 7th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 106 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making-of featurette, six interviews with some of the cast and crew, a trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Making of The Show” Featurette (12:42)
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  1. Josh Duhamel – Adam (02:40)
  2. Giancarlo Esposito – Mason/Director (03:39)
  3. Famke Janssen – Ilana (03:19)
  4. Sarah Wayne Callies – Karina (03:38)
  5. Caitlin Fitzgerald – Sylvia (02:53)
  6. Michael Klein – Producer (02:25)
  • The Show Trailer (02:13)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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