Blu-ray Review: TUSK

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TUSK was written and directed by Kevin Smith and stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel OsmentGenesis Rodriguez and Johnny Depp.

The movie follows Wallace (Long), a popular podcaster who travels from the United States to Canada where he finds a most interesting story to cover. He travels to the backwoods of Canada where he meets Howard Howe (Parks), an old eccentric recluse who shares some wild stories full adventures and a disturbing fondness for walruses. Once this rather short introduction takes place, the nightmares begin for the unsuspecting guest.

His girlfriend Ally (Rodriguez) and podcast partner Teddy (Osment) immediately get worried when they’re unable to get in touch with Wallace so they travel up to Canada to see if they can figure out what’s going on. While they’re doing their own investigating, they meet up with Guy Lapointe (Depp), a chain smoking ex-cop who is aware of some strange disappearances over the years and some modified bodies that have shown up afterwards. While the investigating is going on and the three get closer to uncovering Wallace’s disappearance, he is living through his worse nightmare as his psychopathic host slowly tries to transform him into…..a walrus. Ultimately Ally, Teddy and Guy Lapointe locate Wallace and it’s as much of a disturbing reunion as you could possibly imagine. Wallace is no long the man they once knew.

Okay, Tusk was everything and more I was hoping it would be, especially after all the hype and build up. The movie reminded me of an 80’s Stephen King movie and here’s why. The story was very interesting and dark but it had its moments of humor as well. All of these characters were interesting, some likable and some not so likable. Justin Long’s character was really an unlikable, arrogant prick so I really didn’t mind watching all of this happen to him. Let me add this, Justin Long as a Walrus, give this guy an award! On the other hand, Michael Parks’ character was the bad guy and all but I couldn’t help but like this insane psychopath who had a wild imagination. We get some cool practical effects here from Robert Kurtzman and his talented team and even though some of it looked a little cheesy at times, I still loved all of it. Just another great throwback to the 80’s and now I find myself wanting my own Walrus suit.

The Blu-ray packaging comes with a slip cover. The front features the cool artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, a few images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the animated menu was simple and easy to navigate plus if you let it play through, it sort of tells the story. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were both crisp and clear. There’s also some pretty cool music (drum beats) and of course a cut from the Fleetwood Mac classic “Tusk” that plays during the movie and this just helps makes it even better of a watch. Love those drums!

Bottom line is, Tusk was a real treat and a nice mixture of horror and dark comedy. To me this is honestly Kevin Smith’s best work to date and this movie is easily an instant classic, especially if you like the old Stephen King movies from the 80’s because this totally reminds me of those kind of movies. This Blu-ray releases on December 30th and is definitely worth a watch.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: R

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Special Features: There’s a lot of good stuff here. The stand out to me is Kevin Smith talking about his long career and why he’ll just stick to these smaller budget indie movies instead of trying to direct a big studio movie again. Another standout is the original podcast that inspired the film is included here.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Smith
  • “20 Years to Tusk” featurette
  • “The Making of Tusk” featurettes
  • SModcast #259: The Walrus and The Carpenter
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy
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