Blu-ray Review: UNION FURNACE

UNION FURNACE was directed by Nicholas Bushman who co-wrote the film with Mike Dwyer who also stars in the film along with Keith DavidKatie Keene, Ben Wallace, Kevin Crowley, Tara Bellando and newcomer Seth Hammond. 

Small-town crook Cody (Dwyer) was at the end of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his life. There was just one catch – in this game he would have to wager everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a band of outsiders and misfits – all fighting for their lives and a slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody and the others will win a fortune or die a brutal death.

Welcome to Union Furnace, a small decaying town that plays home to a small group of desperate people who are forced to put their lives on the line to win some cold hard cash. This small group of strangers, including Cody, are kidnapped by a masked group of sadists who force them to play a deadly game of life or death until there’s only one survivor left. The contestants are put through some creative and unconventional obstacles where only the strongest survives. With each violent game that is played, one participant is killed off and the survivors move on where they’re prepped for the next game. They also have to perform all of this in front of this masked audience who claps and cheers them on throughout the game all the way to the bloody finish line.

The front of the packaging 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 has a white finish and only features the movie logo. 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. The audio track is just 2.0 but it’s good enough to get the job done.  I didn’t really have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Union Furnace is one of those rare treats that comes from out of nowhere and ends up being a really great watch. The thought-provoking story is as smart and well crafted as anything that comes out of Hollyweird these days. The movie itself is driven by this dark plot as it follows this group of players who are put through some terrifying and intense tasks in this underground high stakes game to the death where the winner takes all. Nicholas Bushman and Mike Dwyer are the masterminds behind this movie and they delivered something new and fresh for the horror genre. Their impressive work is complimented nicely by intense performances by some of the cast. For this to be Seth Hammond’s first acting gig, he pretty much hit it out of the park! Oh yeah, there’s also a little blood and brains to go along with all this good stuff! It’s a unique pychological thriller that fits in with fan favorites like The Strangers, You’re Next and The PurgeUnion Furnace releases on Blu-ray on August 15th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Metropol Pictures

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2:39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digtial 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the movie that features interviews from the cast and crew of the film.

  •  “Making Of” Union Furnace (18:00)
  • Teaser Trailer (01:26)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:53)
  • Color Bars (01:32)




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