Offspring Blu-ray Review
Studio: Lions Gate
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Run time: 79 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD25
Survivors of a feral flesh-eating clan are chowing their way through the locals. Amy Halbard and Claire Carey strive to survive their abduction by the cannibals and save their children. A subplot involving Claire’s despicable husband, Steven, gives an opportunity to cleverly compare predatory civilized folk to the appetite-driven primitives.
Pulp/horror writer Jack Ketchum adapts his own novel for Offspring, an interesting entry of sorts in this year’s Ghost House Underground lineup. Offspring the novel, was actually a sequel to Off Season, which would have been a more logical adaptation in the first place, but nevermind that for now. Anyway, there’s a clan of cannibal kids terrorizing the community, and seeking a fresh baby as well. Hounding them is a retired cop (Art Hindle) while everyone else involved gets chomped, slaughtered, and gutted; and the film makes no apologies for its tone and unsettling gore. Still though, besides some decent gore effects, Offspring features some atrocious acting from pretty much everyone involved (the cannibals in particular are so bad you can’t help but laugh), and Ketchum’s own screenplay doesn’t help matters here either, and ends up being a shell of its source material. All in all, Offspring is worth a look just based on its disturbed content alone, but in the end, this Ketchum adaptation is a disappointment.
Movie Quality: 4/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. he color palette is way too overblown causing colors to be drab and dull looking. Black levels are not great. There is a lack of details throughout the entire print. This has to be the worst of the Ghosthouse Pictures 2009 releases in terms of image quality.
Video Quality: 5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The audio mix was not as aggressive as I would have expected, even though its more of a dialogue driven film. The issue here is that dynamics and speaker panning was missing throughout the film. Dialogue through the center channel was clean and crisp with no apparent issues.
Audio Quality: 5/10
- Audio Commentary with writer Jack Ketchum, director/producer Andrew van den Houten, and William M. Miller
- Progeny: The Birth of Offspring
- First Stolen’s Bailout
- Photo Gallery
Special Features: 5/10
I found myself to be disappointed by this Ghosthouse Pictures release of ‘Offspring’ making this the worst of the four new 2009 releases. The audio and video are not Blu-ray high definition quality which only hurts the format. If you are intrigued to watch this one, my recommendation, do something different with your time and money.
Overall Rating: 7/10