Widescreen Review Webzine | Blu-ray Review | 23:59

BLU-RAY REVIEW

23:59

Featured In Issue 180, October 2013

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(Studio/Distributor):
Magnolia Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
10556
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Some violent content
(Retail Price):
$29.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
78
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2011
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
06/04/13
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Gilbert Chan
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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During a routine road march at an island military training camp, an army recruit is found dead at exactly 23:59. This mysterious and gruesome incident unearths a terrifying dark secret of the haunted island, forcing the recruits to confront their deepest fears in order to find the truth about their friend's death. (Gary Reber)

Special features incldue a making-of featurette (SD 23:02), upfront previews, and the international theatrical trailers.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture is a low-budget digital production, with generally poor black levels and contrast, for a mediocre visual experience. The image quality is inconsistent throughout. Some segments present decent color fidelity, with natural fleshtones and rich greens of the recruits' uniforms. Other segments are dimly lit and not engaging. And flashback segments are strongly desaturated. Overall, this is an undistinguished experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack presents a nicely recorded music score, which provides effective support. Atmospherics and sound effects, such as a thunderstorm, provide effective surround and deep bass in the .1 LFE channel but unusually reserved for a horror movie. Aggressive surround directionality is not evident and the low-frequency response is timid. Dialogue sounds natural but wanting in spatial integration. This is an undistinguished, mediocre sonic experience. (Gary Reber)