Strangers (Blu-ray)

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Explore your worst fears imaginable with this shocking suspense thriller inspired by disturbing true events.

After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt's (Scott Speedman) remote getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as three masked strangers invade. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to survive.

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Studio Universal
SKU 208606923
UPC 025195052719
UPC 14 00025195052719
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/21/2008
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review We tend to think of our homes as places of safety and refuge. The illusory nature of such a belief is quickly dispelled in Bryan Bertino's debut feature, The Strangers. A chilling horror film about a home invasion, this movie doesn't break any new ground on a plot level, but its interesting cinematography suffuses the production with an overpowering combination of paranoia and claustrophobia. This is one of those rare horror movies that concentrates on suspense and terror rather than on gore and a high body count. By keeping the premise simple and making the small group of characters seem like genuine human beings, Bertino sets the audience up for a tense and uneasy 85 minutes...The Strangers is so effectively produced that if you arrive home after a night showing to find the electricity off, you will have misgivings about going inside. Horror movies come in two categories: those that deal in supernatural creatures and those that have their roots in very real dangers. The escapism that often categorizes and distances viewers in the former is absent in productions like this. There's pain and blood in The Strangers, but the movie is more about psychological torture than the physical variety. It's intense but not necessarily fun and may disappoint less sophisticated horror fans. However, for die-hard supporters of unsettling peeks into the dark side of human nature, this is a welcome excursion.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review My mistake was to read the interview with the director. At the beginning of my review of "The Strangers," I typed my star rating instinctively: "One star." I was outraged. I wrote: "What a waste of a perfectly good first act! And what a maddening, nihilistic, infuriating ending!" I was just getting warmed up...And then, I dunno, I looked up the movie on IMDb and there was a link to an interview with Bryan Bertino, the film's writer and director, and I went there, read it and looked at his photo. He looked to be in his 20s. This was his first film. Bertino had been working as a grip on a peanuts-budget movie when he pitched this screenplay to Rogue Pictures and then was asked to direct it. He gave a friend his grip tools and thought: "Cool, I'm never going to need this anymore! I'm never using a hammer again." Then he told the interviewer: "I still had to buy books on how to direct"...So I thought, Bryan Bertino is a kid, this is his first movie, and as much as I hate it, it's a competent movie that shows he has the chops to be a director. So I gave it 1.5 stars instead of one...Still harsh, yes. I think a lot of audience members will walk out really angry at the ending, although it has a certain truthfulness and doesn't cheat on the situation that has been building up..."The Strangers" is a well-shot film (the cinematographer is the veteran Peter Sowa). It does what it sets out to do. I'm not sure that it earns the right to do it. Bertino shows the instincts of a good director; I hope he gets worthier material.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
Features
Rated R, Unrated, English, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times ...spare, suspenseful and brilliantly invested in silence, Bryan Bertino's debut feature unfolds in a slow crescendo of intimidation.
Jennie Punter, The Globe and Mail Both Speedman and Tyler deliver solid, nuanced performances as a couple caught at the most fragile moment in their relationship.
Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune Anchored by convincing performances from Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler...this is an enormously unsettling movie.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter A spare, creepily atmospheric psychological thriller with a death grip on the psychological aspect.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club ...as an exercise in controlled mayhem, horror movies don't get much scarier.

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