Peter Weller (RoboCop, Sons of Anarchy) stars in Of Unknown Origin, an eerie and nerve-tingling suspense thriller directed by George P. Cosmatos (Tombstone, Cobra) and the winner of Paris International Film Festival Awards for Best Picture and Actor. Cleverly and compellingly, the film draws you into a battle of wits, namely one with an intruder that’s formidable, persistent and clever enough to lure Bart (Weller) along on an unwitting path to self-destruction. In the battle of man vs. beast, push has come to scream.

ofunknownoriginbluStudio: Shout Factory!
Year: 1992
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Run time: 93 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

This is the story of a man (Bart Hughes played by Peter Weller) who becomes obsessed with a little rat problem he’s having at his newly renovated house. Instead of focusing on Bart’s growing insanity, the director unfortunately showcases the rat as a vicious and dangerous beast. Although there are some quite effective closeups of the rat-villain, we never really feel any threat emerging from this little creature. Bart’s obsession seems all but unbelievable. It’s implausible that he would not just move to a hotel or try (harder) to contact an exterminator. Also, the movie just doesn’t seem to have any real purpose. After a quick showdown it just ends, leaving some plot lines (Bart’s job, his relationship to his family) unresolved.

‘Of Unknown Origin’ is still a very watchable movie. The pacing is quick and Weller does a pretty decent job in this one man-show. Had director George P. Cosmatos added anything to make it more than a mere monster movie, ‘Of Unknown Origin’ would no be the obscure left-over from the early 80’s that it is.

Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio which is sourced from a new 2K scan. The original release of this film on DVD always looked flat. With this new 2K presentation, it brings the image quality up a notch. Colors are strong throughout looking great which I did not expect. Black levels are not that great which this print would have benefited from greatly. Clarity is really well done, and with details being a huge improvement over the DVD release I was quite surprised. Now you can see the strands of fur from the rodent. There is some grain which is consistent. I didn’t really notice any issues with print damage which is a great thing. I will give props for a well done transfer which I didn’t expect.
Print Quality: 8/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix. This is not an audio mix that you will go in expecting huge things from the soundfield as it is primarily a 2.0 audio mix. The dialogue is clean and clear through the center channel with no apparent issues. I was rather happy with the way the film sounded considering that this was a mix between dialogue and action centric film. I do feel like this film could have benefited from a 5.1 mix.
Print Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • The Origins Of Unknown Origin – An Interview With Executive Producer Pierre David
  • That Rat Movie – An Interview With Writer Brian Taggert [HD]
  • Hey, Weren’t You In Scanners? – An Interview With Actor Louis Del Grande [HD]
  • Audio Commentary With Director George P. Cosmatos And Actor Peter Weller
  • Theatrical Trailers [HD]
  • Still Gallery [HD]

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

Overall,”Of Unknown Origin” is a fine animal attack film that deserves rediscovery even with some of the flaws in the films script. The acting is very well done, especially if you are a fan of 80’s Peter Weller.
Overall Rating: 8/10