No One Lives

Featured In Issue 179, September 2013

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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Strong bloody violence, distubing images, pervasive languae and some sexuality/nudity
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Ryuhei Kitamura
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No One Lives is the story of a ruthless criminal gang that takes a young couple hostage and goes to ground in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. When the captive girl is killed, the tables are unexpectedly turned, and the gang finds themselves outsmarted by an urbane and seasoned killer (Evans) determined to ensure that no one lives. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette From The Script To The Crypt (HD 27:42), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is derived from a 16 mm print with moderate grain structure. Darkly photographed in shallowly environs, the blood-soaked images are strongly saturated. The color palette is naturally hued with warmth. Fleshtones appear natural throughout. Contrast is darkly balanced with deep, solid blacks. Shadow delineation is decent. Resolution is revealing of fine detail in close-ups, with excellent image clarity. This is a surprisingly pristine cinematic presentation, with visuals that effectively enhance the terror and tension. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is effectively dynamic, with aggressive surround envelopment enhanced with deep bass energy in the .1 LFE channel. The low frequencies add weight to the progression of tension buildup. Atmospherics and sound effects are nicely positioned and weighted in the background and during the more intense segments. The music score is widely spaced and immersive in the surround channels. Dialogue is often forward sounding and close-miked, with an unnatural spatial presence, but intelligible. Overall, this is a sonic experience that effectively supports the horrific storytelling. (Gary Reber)