Movie Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR Blu-ray Combo Pack

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR was directed by Johannes Roberts and stars Sarah Wayne CalliesJeremy Sisto, Sofia Rosinsky, Suchitra Pillai-Malik and Logan Creran.

The movie takes place in India and follows Maria ((Sarah Wayne Callies) who loses her young son Oliver (Logan Creran) in a tragic car accident. She becomes consumed with guilt and is having a hard time coping with everyday life. To the point she becomes suicidal. After this, a family friend ends up telling Maria of a remote Hindu temple where ancient rituals have been performed that can bring back the dead. This would allow Maria some sort of closure so she can give Oliver one final goodbye and hopefully be able to make some peace with herself and let go of this guilt that has been literally eating her alive.

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Maria does end up agreeing to these terms that also come with a warning that there will be consequences if she breaks this agreement. The grieving mother ends up traveling to this ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. Maria makes contact with Oliver but when she disobeys the warning to never open the door, she upsets the balance between life and death. Oliver’s restless spirit return home with Maria and he begins to haunt his family. What Maria has done is open up Pandora’s Box that leaves her family cursed. The outcome for this family is not a good one.

Okay, I love a good ghost story and The Other Side of the Door ended up being a really good one. There are all kinds of rituals performed all around the world that deal with the afterlife and the supernatural so to be honest this kind of stuff already creeps me out and the movie centers on one of these rituals. The story was dark and interesting and all of the acting was really good. Johannes Roberts did a fantastic job telling this story and bringing this dark, supernatural world to life. The movie was beautifully shot on location so the director had some help with the amazing looking cinematography because it absolutely helps give this movie its moody atmosphere as well as some unsettling and terrifying moments. There are also some really creepy scenes that used some impressive looking special effects. It’s a blend of practical and visual effects but it all looks really good.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details,an image and list of special features. Both disc feature some creepy cool artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were 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 at all with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Other Side of the Door ended up being a haunting supernatural ghost story mixed with the love of a mother and the horrors of the afterlife. A good ghost story is hard to come by these days because of zombies and creatures being so saturated. The Other Side of the Door was not only a nice escape from those kinds of horror movies but it ended up being a really good watch. It’s both heartbreaking and downright terrifying at times. Johannes Roberts has crafted a haunting new international ghost story that could possibly have a place with horror classics one day. I know some people didn’t like the movie but I did! There’s also an important lesson learned here and that’s to never upset the balance between life and death. This Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack released on June 7th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: R

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish DD 5.1 / French DD 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Surround DD 2.0 / French Surround DD 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include six deleted scenes, a featurette, some images and theatrical trailer.

  • Deleted Scenes (07:41)
  • Behind the Door – Making-of Featurette (01:55)
  • Still Gallery (02:13)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:25)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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