Season of the Witch (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Behman (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) have walked a path lined with blood and death for a long while, battling those labeled as infidels by the church. There is little rest for them between blood soaked clashes, so this cycle of killing has taken an immense toll on them. The two finally decide that enough is enough, so they desert their positions and return home. They’re greeted by an infestation of the bubonic plague, not to mention the consequences for desertion. Because of their past service, they are asked to complete one final mission, the transport of a woman believed to be a witch. She is believed to be the cause of the plague outbreak, so she is to be cleansed. The duo agrees so long as the woman is treated fairly at trial and their desertion penalties are forgiven. But as the two soldiers, the witch, and the church’s guards head down the long road ahead, what kind of path lies ahead and what will become of the eclectic group?

Season of the Witch has a solid premise and a visual design that offers up a feast for the eyes. So the potential is here for a good movie, but it never works like it should. And while Nicolas Cage is involved, it isn’t all his fault. In truth, while Cage is awful as per his usual recent output, he actually doesn’t murder the material here. Yes folks, Nicolas Cage is a tad restrained in Season of the Witch, as hard as that is to believe. I think blame can be placed on the script, which tries to roll out too many subplots. The pace here moves quick, which means these ideas are introduced, then steam rolled in short order. But hey, it adds to the “wow, this movie is bad” feel that makes Season of the Witch halfway entertaining, right? There are also some fun moments to be had, the best of which involves demonic head butts. Season of the Witch might not be a good movie, but it has mild entertainment value and for those who can appreciate a train wreck, it is recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Season of the Witch is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. The film employs a good deal of visual tricks, but the image here still remains razor sharp and impressive. The colors shift often, which is intentional, so don’t panic if the hues aren’t always natural. Some scenes are bathed in certain colors, while others seem to have all the color sucked out. This is all part of the intent and it looks quite great in this transfer. The image also shows the kind of depth we want from high definition, with subtle visible detail that makes you really sit up and take notice. This is one of the better recent Blu-ray treatments I have watched.

Audio: How does it sound?

The movie might not be good, but this DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack is awesome. This track isn’t just loud either, it features some creative tricks that really immerse you into the film’s world. So yes, there is ample surround presence and frequent flashes of power, but this isn’t your standard bombastic popcorn mix. I was impressed with how much movement is in this soundtrack, which really adds a lot to the experience. Even with all of that however, the dialogue remains clear and audible. This disc also includes a French language track, as well as subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes some deleted scenes, an alternate end sequence, two promotional featurettes, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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