Blu-ray Review: WOODSHOCK

WOODSHOCK is the feature film debut of visionary fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy and stars Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic experience that marks the arrival of the Mulleavy siblings as a major new voice in film. Joe Cole and Pilou Asbæk also star.

Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic experience that marks the arrival of Kate and Laura Mulleavy as major new voices in film.

Woodshock follows Theresa, a young woman who helps her sick mother commit suicide in the beginning of the movie. After this traumatic experience, she spirals deep into a dark depression and pretty much never recovers from it. There’s also this mind-altering drug that plays a major part of her story because the young woman has a hard time separating fantasy from reality and sadly it gets a few more people killed along the way. All of this leaves the already troubled Theresa haunted by her actions and wandering through the nearby forests and the streets of her small town. Poor Theresa maneuvers her way from one tragedy to the next in this uncomfortable cinematic experience.

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 has a blue 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. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Woodshock was a tough movie to get into but it did have its special moments. The special moments I’m talking about is some of the beautiful cinematography and scenery because the rest of the movie is a complete mess. The story and execution were the two weakest parts of the movie and this is unfortunate because the talented cast showed up to do their jobs but just didn’t have much to work with. Like I stated up top, there are a few visual highlights in the movie but it just wasn’t enough to salvage this depressing trainwreck. I hope the Mulleavy didn’t quit their day job in fashion because this feature film debut of theirs is disappointing. Woodshock will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on November 28th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making of featurette and digital copy of the movie. I’m not sure why they left out the trailer.

  • “Making Woodshock: A Mental Landscape” Featurette (13:23)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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