Review by Jude Felton
Back in February of this year I watched and reviewed this film, from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, and it instantly became a favorite of mine. In fact, you can be sure that it will feature very highly when it comes time for me to knock up my year-end list next month. So, when it came time to check out the Blu-ray release, I jumped at the chance.
Due to having reviewed the film itself, for its VOD release, I am not going to dwell too much on the plot etc. as you can read that review here. What the main plot involves though, is when Michael (Peter Cillela) pays a visit to his friend, Chris (Vinny Curran), at his remote cabin, with plans to help him go cold turkey.
Whilst at the cabin a series of mysterious events happen and as such takes the film in a direction you might not be expecting. Due to this you can watch Resolution on two different levels; the first is taking it very much on a surface level, which in itself is enjoyable enough. However, it’s when you give the film repeat viewings, and really dig beneath the surface that it comes into its own.
This truly is a wonderful film, on any level, from the acting, the plot and the cinematography; it’s one of those rare films that I simply cannot get enough of. Due to its very nature, and style, I can see it alienate some viewers, those that are on the look-out for instant gratification and answers pasted across the screen, but for those that like some filling in their pie, they will lap it up.
Fortunately, Tribeca Film and Cinedigm, who have released the film on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack via New Video Group, appreciate the film they have, and as such have given it a very good release. Aside from the bonus of watching it in Hi-Def, which was terrific, they have also included a damned fine selection of extras.
Included on the discs are interviews, outtakes, unseen footage, exclusive intros, parody videos and trailers, which in themselves would have been good enough, but we also get treated to three audio commentaries, and these are great viewing. I will admit to not watching it with Charley the Dog’s commentary, but the others are most informative and fun to listen to.
Should you decide to pick up this release, and I recommend you do, you really should take the time to dive into the extras, especially the commentaries. They are informative and help, if you need it, to delve further into the film’s execution and story. All in all, it’s engrossing viewing.
One final thing I will add, and that is please ignore any comparisons that are made to Cabin in the Woods, on the cover quote. Although both films are excellent, they have nothing in common with each other, and as such are slightly misleading. Resolution is very much its own film, and a truly wonderful one at that.
Resolution is available now on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from New Video Group.