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Visions (DVD) : Review

Film

After moving to a vineyard to start a new life with her husband, David (Anson Mount), a pregnant woman, Eveleigh Maddox (Isla Fisher – The Brothers Grimsby, Now You See Me), begins to experience terrifying visions.

With October here, horror is on everyone’s playlist, and with that we are presented with Visions. Another release from the BlumHouse production company, known for their large library of films in this genre.

Visions has an intriguing story. While the plot is not too complicated to follow, it does present a unique look at the particular subject matter, and opting rather to let the viewers imagination do the scaring, prompted by the thrill of the story, rather than fill an entire film with gore and jump scares.

Isla Fisher delivers a vulnerable, yet enquiring character who becomes the focus of all that is bad in the film. With a story that leaves room for questions at the end, Visions is sure to hold the attention of any horror fan. Fun and enthralling, and just in time for Halloween, Visions is an enjoyable escape.

Disc

Overall, the disc is of a decent technical quality. While there are not bonus features, the main feature is one to enjoy.

Visions is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on-screen. There is no visible colour bleed, and darker scenes maintain a fair amount of details.

Viewers with the relevant hardware or software could scale up to a larger, or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, and presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Dialogue is clear via the centre speaker. This film makes ample use of the surround channels, whether to expand the on-screen world, add ambient sound, or envelope the user in the current musical score.

Navigation

Navigation on the disc is simple, and easy to follow. The main menu has a static background matching the disc jewel case. There is accompanying music.

There are menu options to play the main feature, and to access a scenes sub-menu.

The scenes sub-menus also have static backgrounds, with accompanying music. There are four small, colour, motion thumbnails per sub-menu, for a total of twelve chapters. While these are numbered, they are not labelled, meaning there would be some guesswork involved when trying to navigate to a particular point in the main feature.

Bonus Features

There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc, except trailers for The Monster, Sleepless, and Gold. These auto-play at the beginning of the disc. While these can be skipped or fast-forwarded individually, they can not be accessed again via the disc menu.

 

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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