Movie Review: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS was directed by Drew Goddard from a screenplay by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz, with Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Amy Acker and Sigourney Weaver.

A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all-powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?

The Cabin in the Woods follows this group of likable college friends who go to this cabin in the woods to party it up and have a good time. It’s your typical young group that includes a jock, pretty girl, the nerd, slacker and of course there’s the infamous virgin. Horror movies love their virgins don’t they! If we’ve learned anything about horror movies in the past is that if they have a cabin in the woods in them it’s not going to end well. The thing about this special cabin in the woods is that it is extremely different from the others we have seen. It doesn’t take long for the control room to activate the true horror that awaits this next batch of unsuspecting victims and one by one these friends get slaughtered in true horror fashion by a family of undead monsters.

There always has to be a survivor or two and that’s just the case here and these two not only infiltrate the hidden compound that’s full of “suits and ties” who are calling the shots (there’s also heavily armed soldiers) but they accidentally unleash some of the terrifying monsters caged inside and nobody is safe when they’re unleashed from their cubed prisons. There’s so many monsters being held inside this secret facility and when they all get released they have two things on their mind – what’s for supper and getting some gory revenge! The duo also finds out what exactly is going on here and why all of this is happening to them. It’s all about sacrifice and keeping what lies beneath happy. Oh yeah, there’s something much bigger and sinister at play here and it’s all revealed as the story plays out. Forget about the final girl here because they don’t always make it out alive!

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc features some matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc has a flast grey finish with the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this entire franchise like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, The Cabin in the Woods is one of those rare treats that helped pave the way for others to come. This one offered up something new and original to the horror genre just like Scream and Saw did before it. It’s hard to believe a movie as awesome as this one is ended up getting shelved for a brief period while the distributor decided what to do with it. Of course, once it was finally released the fans flocked to it and helped make it an instant classic and one of my all-time favorites. The story by Whedon and Goddard was fresh and original and the young cast were supported by some veteran actors and they all look like they had a blast making this movie. For this to be Drew Goddard’s directorial debut he pretty much hit it out of the park and look what’s he’s gone on to do since then. His work is complimated nicely by some creepy cool special effects that’s a mixture of practical and visual. There’s blood and gore to the max and every nightmarish monster you can think of shows up in this crazy movie! Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience, but this is also for the high-def loyalists because there’s a Blu-ray disc included for them as well. There’s also a digital copy that you can add to your Vudu library or whatever digital platform you use. The Cabin in the Woods will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on September 5th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some audio commentary, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, a Q&A, watch The Cabin in the Woods in BonusView Mode, and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon
  • “We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods” Featurette (28:33)
  •  “An Army of Nightmares: Make-up & Animatronic Effects” Featurette (12:10)
  • “Primal Terror: Visual Effects” Featurette (12:07)
  • “The Secret Secret Stash” Featurette (13:07)
  • WonderCon Q&A (27:30)
  • “It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods BonusView Mode” Blu-ray Exclusive (1:35:02)
  • Digital HD Copy



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