The Victim (Blu-ray)

September 8, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Annie (Jennifer Blanc) has just witnessed the rape and murder of her best friend, a vicious act perpetrated by a pair of police officers. As she knows the police will be out to silence her, Annie goes on the run. If the officers manage to find her, she is certain to be killed, so she tries to find a remote location to hide out in. When he ventures into the deep woods, she crosses paths with a loner named Kyle (Michael Biehn). Kyle lives in the woods and prefers a life of solitude, so when Annie arrives with hostile police in pursuit, his life is thrown into chaos as well. But is Kyle just a lone wolf who wants to be off the grid, or does he lurk within the woods to hide a darker existence? As the chase continues and the police close in, will Annie survive the situation and what will happen when the outside world invades Kyle’s private domain?

A throwback to the exploitation thrillers of old that is written, directed, and starring Michael Biehn? Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but The Victim is indeed a real movie. The film kicks off with a memorable sequence, then launches into a high speed thriller that rarely eases off the gas pedal. The low budget nature of the production does hold back the ambitious script, but it also bolsters the grind house texture, so it is a wash. With a little more resources however, The Victim could have realized the full potential of the script and that would have been insane. The cast is quite good, with Michael Biehn, Danielle Harris, and Jennifer Blanc in solid turns, with Biehn stealing most of the scenes he’s present in. I found the atmosphere to be effective, the pace was right on the mark, and the overall entertainment value here is high. So if you’re a fan of Biehn’s work or the exploitation genre in general, The Victim is well worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

The Victim is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. This transfer is terrific, with clear visuals that never disappoint. The image has great depth, so fine detail is superb and the visuals look quite refined. I found colors to be natural, but not overly bright, while contrast is smooth and consistent. I noticed no errors to speak of, so in the end that leaves us an impressive visual presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is on hand, but the film doesn’t have that memorable of a sound design. Some scenes do benefit from added atmosphere and that enhances the mood, but these moments aren’t frequent. The surrounds are used for those instances of atmosphere and for the music, but that’s about it. I would have liked more depth and creative use of the surrounds, but the movie still sounds fine. The dialogue remains clear at all times, so no vocals are buried or hard to pick up on. This disc also includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The extras include an audio commentary track, as well as a behind the scenes featurette.

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