Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Descent

Posted on Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Descent
Studio: Lionsgate
WorkNameSort: Descent , The
A single-disc release that's as packed as a double, Lionsgate's unrated Descent DVD shouldn't disappoint fans of one of the best horror films in recent memory. The inescapable terror of the six girls' spiral into hell after a botched caving expedition works best in a cinema ' where the spectator, too, has no outlet ' but this transfer brings out all of the aural spine-tinglers and dynamic lighting that made this plunge into the abyss the most claustrophobic and unrelenting genre exercise of 2006. The 40-minute Descent: Beneath the Scenes is an informative and surprisingly funny examination of every angle of production. A seven-minute interview with director Neil Marshall weighs the pros and cons of the tricky U.K. and short U.S. endings; two commentaries, a blooper reel, deleted/extended scenes and storyboards make this purchase a must for horror buffs and aspiring filmmakers.

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