Trespass (Shout Select) Blu-ray Review
Everyone wants a piece of the action (and the treasure) as Bill Paxton (Twister) and William Sadler (Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight) take on a ruthless gang in this high-caliber thriller. In the rubble of a four-alarm blaze, Vince (Paxton) and Don (Sadler), two Arkansas firemen, discover a map leading to a fortune in stolen gold hidden in an abandoned East St. Louis tenement. What they don’t know is the building is headquarters to a vicious mob, led by the notorious King James (Ice T, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Savon (Ice Cube, Friday, Ride Along). When the firefighters accidentally witness the mob executing some of their enemies, the trespassers become the gang’s next target in this pulse-pounding thrillfest.
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Run time: 101 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
What does a murder in East St. Louis, Illinois and a fire more than two-hundred miles away have to do with each other? Nothing, until an Arkansas fireman shows his co-worker (and girlfriend’s ex-husband) the contents of a package given to him by a suicide victim he tried to save. It contained a map, a newspaper clipping of the robbery of a church fifty years earlier and a beautiful gold cross. The hunt was on. Meanwhile, a gang sets in motion a plan to murder of one of is own, do to a video tape of a murder, at the same abandoned warehouse the two firemen are going to be treasure hunting. The parties collide, as the firemen are seen witnessing the hit and to save themselves, they hold hostage the gang leader’s little brother.
Director Walter Hill shows us that if there is a chance for riches, some people will do anything to get them. Vince thinks of the hunt for gold as a child’s adventure, while Don thinks of it as a way to get ahead in his world. Along the same vein, King James wants to save his little brother and hostage, Lucky. When Savon catches wind that there may be gold at the warehouse, he tries to make a power play and leave no witnesses. Even as Bradlee, a homeless man living in the building, learns of the gold, he never takes his eyes off it.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Not only was the atmosphere of ‘Trespass’ is freaky and fitting in this action thriller, which 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 and chase scenes 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. 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
- “Fool’s Gold” – An Interview With Actor William Sadler
- “Born Losers” – An Interview With Co-Writer Bob Gale
- “Wrongful Entry” – An Interview With Producer Neil Canton
- “Gang Violation” – The Stunts Of Trespass
- “Trigger Happy” – The Weapons Of Trespass
- Vintage Featurette: “Behind The Scenes Of Trespass”
- Music Video
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
Special Features: 8/10
The Final Word
Overall, ‘Trespass’ was one of my favorite childhood movies. It’s nothing very original, but a lot of things work so good in this movie, that you simply can’t stop watching it. When you have a star studded cast, it only helps make this even more enjoyable.
Overall Rating: 8/10