antibirth

In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.

antibirthbluStudio: Shout! Factory
Year: 2016
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Run time: 95 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

If Alex Cox had been forced to make a Troma movie back in the ’80s, it might have turned out something like ‘Antibirth’. It’s total punk cinema about people that are white trash drug addicts in a burned out corner of the midwest partying all night and just trying to make it to their next fix. One of them ends up pregnant , and the movie eventually evolves into a body horror/alien pregnancy hybrid. I do like the pace at which the story unfolds, telling a little at a time and leading up to a satisfyingly humorous and also appropriate ending that really ties it all together. While there are some elements here that made me shake my head by the end of the movie, it was good to sit back and enjoy a horror movie without putting to much thought into the premise.

Movie Content: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Not only was the atmosphere of ‘Antibirth’ freaky and fitting, but it came across very well done in this high definition transfer. I found that the film’s overall very dark environments looked great since proper lighting was used. My only small complaint was the issue with some shadow details not looking up to par like I would of expected. Colors are very bold and vibrant as they pop off the screen in many scenes throughout the film. Blacks are also very deep. Fleshtones also have excellent details with proper lighting that gives faces a more natural look.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield is very well done in this film as the rears take full blown advantage of the killings taking place throughout the film. I felt like the atmosphere works well with the high def audio presenting a presentation where the jumps and scares are that much more. Any sound that you can think of in ‘Antibirth’ comes through so vibrant. Fidelity is fantastic, presenting dialogue, effects and score cleanly, clearly and extremely well prioritized. The dialogue mix is also well balanced with the soundfield which I am happy to report.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Psychedelic Shorts [HD]
  • Storyboards [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]
  • Previews

Special Features: 5/10

The Final Word

Overall, I think most people will find ‘Antibirth’ not a really well done film which is hard to totally recommend it. But if you want to see the bleak side of extreme horror, check it out.
Overall Rating: 6/10