THE DEEPER YOU DIG BLU RAY REVIEW

If you know your horror cinema, then you will have at least heard of the Adams Family. A film making family, unlike any other. They have a backstory of five films, a self taught legend and a sense of engagement with their nations history that is compelling, yet complex. I had seen and really enjoyed their film THE HATRED (which as a happy coincidence is available on this special edition set). It is a horror film but more western in genre. Then came their next THE DEEPER YOU DIG.

Snowbound psychic Ivy (Toby Poser), sees only bucks in her eyes when she does readings. Her teenage daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) keeps her dubious secret. When a tragic accident results in Echo’s murder, things begin to unfurl. Kurt (John Adams) believes he can hide a secret beneath the earth – but Echo cant accept this and continues to crawl into his sleeping and waking life. The dead are not always easy to silence.

The Adams family understand a few things about a few things. The stunning natural beauty of their surrounds.  How to capture intensity and economy within a frame. And they understand that compressing a narrative is not constricting it. THE DEEPER YOU DIG has had a heap of semantics surrounding it. I would argue to ignore this and focus on its construction. Focus on the craft and the product you have in front of you. Wonder in its performances. Brilliant simple. Its editing and pacing, toned. This is their most mature film to date. It is sparse but displays a grasp of emotional resonance. Utterly unsettling but fits directly into their previous works obsessions. Loss, lies, desire and revenge. All puncture the surface of the piece in a cascade of visual illusion. Frankly by turns spellbinding it is a film that will haunt you in its telling.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS – Exclusive two-disc set containing The Deeper You Dig (2019) and The Hatred (2018)

  • Reversible sleeve featuring two exclusive choices of artwork
  • Limited edition illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Neil Mitchell

DISC ONE – THE DEEPER YOU DIG

  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by writers/directors/stars Toby Poser and John Adams
  • At Home with the Adams Family, an exclusive, in-depth interview with the trio of filmmakers responsible for The Deeper You Dig
  • It’s in the Blood: The Family in the Horror Genre, an exclusive visual essay by critic Anton Bitel exploring the theme of family in The Deeper You Dig and the Adams Family’s broader filmography
  • Special effects breakdown with commentary by Trey Lindsay
  • FrightFest TV interview with the Adams Family
  • Hellbender music videos
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery

DISC TWO – THE HATRED

  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Kid Kalifornia music videos

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