Devil Inside (The) (Blu-ray) [Blu-ray]
Blu-ray B - United Kingdom - Paramount Home Entertainment
Review written by and copyright: Samuel Scott (6th January 2014).
The Film

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No soul is safe.

In 1989, emergancy responders receive a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi confessing to three brutal murders. The courts found her insane, but something else found her first. Twenty years later, her daughter Isabella's search for answers leads her to an exorcism by two rogue priests, revealing that her mother is possessed by four powerful demons. Now, Isabella must face pure evil or forsake her soul. Discover why The Devil Inside is the movie critics call "evil in its purest form."

Video

Paramount Home Entertainment have released "The Devil Inside" onto Blu-ray in the United Kingdom, using an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (with original aspect ratio 1.85:1 according to imdb). The transfer is 1080p and uses an AVC MPEG-4 codec. As with most of these 'caught on camera' possession movies, the transfer is a mixed bag.

The opening scenes show footage from a crime scene in 1989, where an exorcism went wrong resulting in the death of three people. This footage has been purposely made to look like 1989 camcorder footage, and does so rather well. The rest of the feature is filmed in a documentary style, likely using low/mid range HD handheld cameras. At times, it looks quite good, such as when our filmmakers arrive in the Vatican City. In these scenes, detail is good (but not great), and the blacks are deep. The rest of the handheld footage though, is a little poorer. There is some minor banding during outdoors scenes against blue skies, blacks feel a little washed out, and none of the colours feel as sharp as they should, resulting in lack of depth. Edges are not very sharp either, which is a little disappointing. It's hard to determine exactly what is done to suit the style of the film, and what is a problem with the transfer, but I can honestly say that it never shines, but isn't a waste either.

The disc is a BD25, and the feature runs 83:09.

Audio

As per usual from Paramount, this release features several audio options:
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- French Dolby Digital 5.1
- German Dolby Digital 5.1
- Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
- Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
- English Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1

For obvious reasons, I opted for the English DTS-HD Master Audio track, which does a reasonable job at upping the tension and adding a couple of jump scares. Low end rumblings come through the LFE quite frequently, but never become over enthusiastic, keeping itself to just the right level. The surrounds aren't really used outside of jump scares, mainly because I believe the filmmakers have decided the audio should be central based as if we were watching this through the camcorder. Dialogue is clear at all times (well, apart from the mumblings of people being excised), and there are no signs of damage at any point during the audio. There were a couple of minor instances of background hiss, but it was barely noticeable.

Optional subtitles are available in Danish, Dutch, English, English HoH, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish.

Extras

No extras whatsoever.

Overall

The Film: D+ Video: C+ Audio: B Extras: F Overall: D+

 


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