Lights Out Blu-ray Disc October 25th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Horror, New Line, Thriller, Warner on October 26th, 2016 by Dave

Lights Out Blu-ray

Lights Out is the latest horror Blu-ray unleashed by Warner Home Video, scheduled just in time for Halloween on October 25th, 2016.

Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplay for this supernatural horror film based on an original short film by David F. Sandberg.

The story follows a family that is terrorized by a specter that hides in the shadows.

The film has been a big financial success, grossing over $147 million against a budget under $5M.

Lights Out the Movie

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The move opens in a textiles warehouse, where a worker sees the silhouette of a woman when she turns the lights out.

She turns the lights back on, but sees nothing in the well lit room.

She warns Paul the owner about her experience, and leaves for the day.

The apparition later appears to Paul, who is dragged into the darkness and gruesomely murdered.

Paul’s stepdaughter Rebecca no longer lives in the family home, largely due to her mother Sophie’s mental illness.

Sophie had stopped taking her medication shortly before Paul’s death, and her depression had returned.

Sophie’s young son Martin sees his mother talking to an apparition, which keeps him awake at night and causes trouble at school.

The school calls Rebecca since Sophie can’t be reached, and Rebecca takes Martin to her place to help him get some rest.

But when Rebecca finds out that their mother’s ‘imaginary friend’ Diana is back, she realizes that they are all in danger when the lights are out!

Lights Out – My Thoughts

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Lights Out is a creepy new horror film that stays true to its simple yet chilling premise.

This low budget movie features a ghoul that can only exist in the shadows, and as such preys on our natural fears.

The antagonist in the film is both sinister and violent, and expertly portrayed by stunt woman Alicia Vela-Bailey.

Along with a strong and evil foe, the film features a number of solid positive themes, including family bonding and trust.

The movie is genuinely frightening, with some excellent scares, and suspense is maintained throughout.

I also like that it has a fairly short run time – less than an hour and a half – which is a quite a relief compared to the over-long block busters these days.

It just goes to show that great things can be achieved with a solid premise and story, with a relatively unknown but strong cast.

While I certainly enjoyed this film, it is the stuff nightmares are made of.

So if scary movies keep you awake at night, you might want to avoid Lights Out.

Fans of the horror/thriller genres will definitely want to check this one out though.

Lights Out Cast, Crew and Performance

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The cast features Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello.

Lights Out was the feature film directorial debut for David F. Sandberg.

The critical response to the movie was positive, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 77% and an IMDb score of 6.5/10.

Lights Out was a success in the cinema, taking in $67.3M at the US box office – a big win for a movie with a budget under $5M!

Lights Out on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 33 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

Again it is great to see Warner moving to a high bitrate encode for this transfer.

Perhaps needless to say, there are a lot of dark scenes in this movie, and a lot of potential for banding.

However the image quality is superb throughout, in both light and dark scenes.

For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc, check out the details page for Lights Out.

The main audio is lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 28.0 GB used and is coded for All Regions.

Lights Out Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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Hardly surprising for a low budget film, the extras are very limited on this release.

Deleted Scenes – 13:58

The deleted scenes featured are mostly footage that would have slowed the pace too much, but there is an exception.

The last sequence here is a completely different ending, which has a different ‘solution’ than the one they finally went with.

Overall I think they way the final edit runs is a more satisfying conclusion, but it is interesting to see this included here.

This release also includes an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.

Lights Out Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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Lights Out is a strong and creepy horror/thriller and I highly recommend it to fans of scary movies.

Warner Home Video has put together a technically solid release, though it is light on supplemental features.

The retail price is $29.98, though you can get it at Amazon for $19.99, saving 33%!

Lights Out Blu-ray Extras:

  • Deleted Scenes

Lights Out Blu-ray Synopsis:

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

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