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SPRING

DVD review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:   110 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending, featurettes, making-of epk, sfx case studies, promos, outtakes, digital copy, proof of concept trailer

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Anchor Bay Entertainment/ Drafthouse Films/ XYZ Films/ Filmbuff

RELEASE DATE: 6-2-2015

SPRING is a love story mixed with a horror movie.  Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) is an American fleeing to Europe after his mother dies from cancer, he loses his job, and gets into a bar fight.   He comes to a quiet coastal Italian village where he meets a mysterious woman named Louise (Nadia Hilker), but she is going through some monstrous changes which could end up harming him.

 

SPRING is one of the two films I like from the co-directing duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (the other being BONESTORM which is part of VHS: VIRAL), but I hated RESOLUTION.  The setting, music, the chemistry between the two leads, the drone cinematography mixed with a  documentary style of filming, and the blending of genres makes SPRING stand out as a movie you want to watch (plus Nadia Hilker has great hair in this movie).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary with co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

 

THE MAKING OF SPRING which is an overlong 70 minute EPK which should have been twenty minutes shorter which covers life on the set, the cast,  how the movie was made, the monster effects, the drone cinematography shots, the editing, sound design, and the score which is culled together from various video sources

 

SFX Case Studies looks at the effects of the monster transformation

Proof of Concept trailer

Two deleted scenes cut for pacing and an alternate ending which they made as an after-the-fact joke (and thankfully stayed on the cutting room floor)

 

Toronto Film Festival Promo and Fantastic Fest Promo which mostly have nothing to do with SPRING

The various things that could have been on the note Evan wrote and it is mainly a joke thing

THE TALENTED MR. EVAN which is an in-joke to The Talented Mr. Ripley

ANGELO, THE WORST FARMER points out all of the things Angelo does wrong as a farmer and gives a clue who his wife was

WANKSTER GIRLFIREND MONOLOGUE in its unedited glory

EVAN TI ODIO is a three and half minute silent film outtake joke

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: SPRING has lots to love about it from the unusual approach to horror, the filming style, and an ending that leaves you wondering what happens next.  The extras are worth checking out if you loved SPRING.

 

This review is 6-6-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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