Monday, May 6

Some Screenshots from the British Lords of Salem DVD

After posting my review of The Lords of Salem, I received a few requests for captures from the new British DVD to which I'm happy to oblige. As stated in the comments of that entry, Entertainment One's R2/PAL DVD is a barebones affair with ugly, unrelated cover art and only the theatrical trailer and English subtitles. Even the menus are static and bland without titles for the chapters, just small stills. The anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture quality is sharp, though the palette is dark and drab, and the Dolby 5.1 is robust. I failed to mention prior but Zombie utilizes the extra wide ratio nicely again and runs wild with lens flare here.

The exact runtime is 1:36:56, but with adjusting for 3% PAL speed-up, this presentation runs around the intended 101 minutes. The BBFC lists the movie as uncut and I'd wager nothing has been omitted. The case comes with a cardboard slipcover and a double-sided insert advertising Rob Zombie's new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

Being so basic with no accompanying Blu-ray edition, eOne either doesn't have much faith in sales or perhaps Anchor Bay somehow nudged the distributor into going low rent due to the timing of the film's stateside theatrical debut. Considering this and the difference of opinion Lords generates, just wait for U.S. DVD/BD. They're bound to be packed with commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and other stuff you'll only watch once. On a sidenote, I had an enormously hard time getting this DVD to playback at all through VLC Media Player (latest update) for these screenshots. So be warned if you're region free viewing method is VLC and you intend on ordering this disc.  

original size with matting cropped away, no spoilers, click to enlarge

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