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Threshold

Picture3
Sound2.5
WSR Score2.5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Arrow Video
(Catalog Number):
AV360
(MPAA Rating):
Not Rated
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(Retail Price):
$39.95
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
78
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Color
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Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
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(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
7/6/2021
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(Director):
Powell Robinson & Patrick Robert Young
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In "Threshold," a curse tests the bonds of blood on a cross country road trip that will ravage their souls if the spell can't be broken. When a phone call from out of the blue brings Leo (Millin) back into contact with his sister, Virginia (West), long estranged from her family due to a year of drug abuse, he arrives to find her alone in a bare apartment in the midst of an apparent overdose. After the convulsions and nausea subside, Virginia insists to Leo that she has been clean for eight months due to the help of a mysterious group. She confides to her cynical brother that her edginess and paranoia actually stem from a sinister ritual conducted by the group that took her in at her lowest and eventually revealed themselves to be a cult. This curse bound her emotions and physical sensations to a man she has never met before. With his marriage on the rocks, Leo has his own demons to face. Nonetheless, he is reluctantly persuaded by Virginia to embark on a cross-country road trip to track down the shadowy stranger under the caveat that if he's nowhere to be found and it's all in her head, she'll go to rehab. However, as their date with destiny draws nearer, Leo begins to suspect his sister's tale might have some substance. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Directors Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young; an image gallery; an illustrated 20-page booklet; the original soundtrack; an original outline script; the "Crossing The Threshold" documentary (HD 01:28:25); the featurettes "Something From Nothing" (HD 61:50), and "Elevating iPhone Footage: Color Correction Breakdown" (HD 02:57); a trailer and an original teaser and The Poser of Indie Horror –– Acting For Unconventional Film" roundtable discussion (HD 44:00).

The 2.00:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the iPhone camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is low budget. The color palette is inconsistent with an edgy appearance. Black levels are crushed and contrast is generally low quality. The filmmakers try to do the best with limited technology but the appearance is mediocre. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is low budget as well with a synthesizer music score that envelops the soundfield. Otherwise, dialogue is the focus with chest microphones that sound boomy. Sound effects and atmospherics also are frontal focused. This is a mediocre soundtrack. (Gary Reber)