Movie Review: The Autopsy Of Jane Doe Blu-ray Combo Pack

The Autopsy of Jane Doe was directed by André Øvredal from a screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing and stars Emile Hirsche, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond and Michael McElhatton.

It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox, Trick ’r Treat, Zodiac) and son (Emile Hirsch, Lone Survivor, Killer Joe) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse arrives. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe — eerily well-preserved and with no visible signs of trauma — is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. The latest from Troll Hunter director André Øvredal is a scarily unpredictable, supernatural shocker that never lets up. This chiller also stars Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones).

Okay and wowzers! So how do you add to the already creepy factor of working in an old morgue? You throw in some stormy weather, haunting noises and a well preserved corpse that’s full of mystery. This father and son duo are tasked with figuring out the cause of death with this new arrival but as they delve deep into their examination they find out she is full of surprises that ultimately reveal who (or what) she really is. They quickly discover that this autopsy isn’t going to be a normal case because she doesn’t really show the signs of a recently deceased person plus she isn’t really willing to give up the info they’re searching for to easily. The outside of her body isn’t bruised or damaged in any way but the inside of her body tells a completely different story. Her internals are the key and each organ gives a hint to her past. The big question is, how did all of this happen to her and unfortunately the father and son find out as Jane Doe‘s mystery is slowly revealed.

I really loved the story for The Autopsy of Jane Doe and thought André Øvredal did an amazing job bringing it all to life on screen. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsche did a really great job with their characters. The two characters that these actors play slowly become terrified once this autopsy begins and it’s all passed right on to the viewer who bares witness to it all. Ophelia Lovibond gives such an impressive performance as this haunting corpse who never moves or says one word. No, she doesn’t reanimate and become a zombie! The camera does focus a lot on her eyes and for good reason because they’re able to tell a small part of her tragic story. There’s so much good about this movie including the cinematography and special effects. There’s old school tricks like flickering lights and shadows as well as a nice amount of blood and gore. It’s not a blood bath or anything like that but there’s just enough of the red stuff present in the movie to satisfy the gorehounds out there.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. Each disc also features their own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is hands down the scariest movie I’ve watched in a long time and it definitely lives up to the hype. I was first introduced to Norwegian director André Øvredal back in 2010 with his second full-length feature Trollhunter that stirred up some buzz and now he’s finally back with something completely different with this fantastic slice of horror pie. The dark and claustrophobic setting of this old morgue is just right for an eerie and unsettling yarn like this and the performances by this small cast were all spot on and just wonderful. André Øvredal did an outstanding job capturing the terrifying magic here that will leave you looking over your shoulder everytime you hear a simple bell ring. It’s features the scares, suspense and paranoia that horror fans have been screaming for and it’s so well executed! The movie will be available on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack as a Walmart exclusive on May 2nd and will release everywhere else on June 27th. This horror gem is an instant classic and a must see!

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: R

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not a lot of extras included with this release but we do get some TV spots, teasers and a trailer. I’ve already been asked by a few people if  there’s any kind of audio commentary and sadly the answer is no.

  • TV Spots (01:04)
  • Teasers (02:20)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:12)


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