Tamara DVD Review
PictureTamara is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. Although it is a 2006 movie, it does look a little soft in places, more like a quality TV movie effort than anything else - which is what you might expect from a DTV effort like this. Anyway, the detail is still reasonably good, with very little noticeable grain and no signs of edge enhancement. The colour scheme starts off quite dull and sombre but there are plenty of blood reds to follow up - and not just Tamara's covershot outfit - and they all look good, with deep blacks to offer decent shadowing. The transfer itself offers no kind of print damage or defects and is perfectly acceptable for this kind of release.
SoundTamara comes with a fairly low-key Dolby Digital 2.0 track. It is a shame that they did not go to the effort of providing a six-speaker surround sound track because this is definitely a limited mix, with everything being crammed into the frontal array and simply no noticeable dynamics to the proceedings. Dialogue is reasonably clear and coherent throughout, with the by-the-numbers soundtrack given little room to shine with this restricted array. There are a few nice effects, but again they are given no room to breathe on this track. Overall, with simply no sign of any spatiality, let alone bass, this track is a really the biggest sign that this is just a DTV effort.
ExtrasQuite unusually for such a quiet release, this DVD is adorned with a Commentary track by the Director Jeremy Haft as well as the Writer Jeffrey Reddick. They explain their motivation behind making this movie, their ideas, how they conveyed them, how they shot certain scenes and so forth. Comparisons to Carrie are made throughout and it is interesting to hear about some of the little trivia details that you would not otherwise notice and about some of the scenes that were cut for pacing, but overall only real fans of the movie are likely to want to listen to the whole of this track.
We also get Trailers for the teen drama Odd Girl Out and the gory but shallow horror Hostel.
VerdictTamara is one of those movies that, if you go in expecting very little indeed, you might come out surprised. It is fun, gory and not as predictable as you might expect. Here it has been given a distinctly average DVD release, with reasonable video but lacklustre audio, although there is one interesting extra. Horror movie fans and those who like things like Buffy and Angel are likely to find something of interest here in this little-known supernatural horror, giving it unexpected rental appeal.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £16.73
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