DVD Review: I AM THE NIGHT

Warner Media provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

I AM THE NIGHT was inspired by the memoir “One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel” that was written by Fauna Hodel. The six-episode series was created and written by Sam Sheridan and directed by Victoria Mahoney, Carl Frankli and Patty Jenkins who is also one of the executive producers. I Am The Night stars Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays, Leland Orser, Yul Vazquez, Justin Cornwell, Dylan Smith, Golden Brooks, Jay Paulson and Connie Nielsen.

Inspired by true events, ​​I Am the Night​ tells the gripping story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada. Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter (Chris Pine), haunted by the case that undid him. Together​,​ they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery and possibly its most infamous unsolved crime.

When 16-year old Fauna finds out that the woman who raised her isn’t her real mother, she runs away from home to see if she can locate her biological family out of curiosity. Fauna has lived her entire life thinking she’s biracial but things couldn’t be further from the truth and she eventually finds this out the hard way. While Fauna is searching for her real mother and father, she’s also being followed my a mysterious figure who’s keeping an eye on her. But why? Fauna ends up in a fight for her life when she discovers this sinister man’s deadly intentions.

There’s also Jay Singletary, a reporter who’s case ends up being connected to Fauna’s search and the two end up accidentally meeting where Jay becomes a much needed friend in the dangerous world that the girl has entered in. Their search takes them from Hollywood to Hawaii and back where Fauna finally finds who she’s been searching for only to find out this person isn’t what she was hoping she’d be. She also finds out some history about why she was actually given up for adoption and hidden away from Dr. George Hodel who has a connection to her as well as the Black Dahlia murders.

The packaging comes with a slipcase. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, credits, specs and list of special features. Inside is a keepcase that houses two DVD discs that feature some matching artwork. There’s also a flyer that includes episode listing and synopsis along with some images. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I Am The Night ended up being an entertaining noir thriller about this woman’s journey to find out who she really was and where she came from. Fauna finds out everything she wanted to know but sometimes things should just be left alone and this is one of those times because she narrowly escapes with her life. This is a case that also shows what one man was willing to do, or in this case sacrifice, to save this young woman from the monster that was connected to her. I thought the story was really thought-provoking and the cast did a great job with their performances, especially the two leads played by Chris Pine and India Eisley. I Am The Night is a slow burn time capsule that takes the viewer into the past on a dark journey that’s connected to the mysterious Black Dahlia murders. I Am The Night will be available on a 2-disc DVD set on June 11th.

Distributor: Warner Media

Run Time: 2 Discs / 6 Episodes / 264 Minutes

Rated: TV-MA

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The DVD extra includes an exclusive, never-before-seen documentary, “Myths from Inside the Sowden House”. The 18-minute piece provides an in-depth look into one of Hollywood’s most famous unsolved murders, The Black Dahlia, and the house where it all began.

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