The Devil's Rock BD

Devil's Rock, The - 2011

Severe Features/Chameleon Pictures - 83 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # - 5055002556302; 741952708094
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 9312590154096(NZ); 4051238007640 (DE)

Cast: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, Karlos Drinkwater, Luke Hawker, Jessica Grace Smith.
Screenwriters: Paul Finch, Paul Campion, Brett Ihaka; Director of Photography: Rob Marsh; Original Music: Andrea Possee; Editing: Jeff Hurrell; Production Designer: Mary Pike; Costume Designer: Tristan McCallum; Make-up Designer: Davina Lamont; Special Effects Supervisor: Richard Taylor; Visual Effects Supervisors: Jake Lee, Frank Rueter; Producer: Leanne Saunders;
Director: Paul Campion

The setting is the English Channel Islands, June 4, 1944. Two NZ commandos have been sent to raid German gun emplacements, thereby hoping to distract German forces away from Normandy. However they discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces against the allies and a released demon proves to have a hunger for flesh so dismembered corpses abound. What ensues is a test of bravery, belief and a battle between good and evil. Frankly, not a great deal new here, but fairly well done for this genre and the usual excellent special effects by WETA. Filmed around Wellington, with the Wright's Hill WWII Fortress in Karori standing in for the story's German emplacement.

Censor Rating: R 16 - Review rating: C+

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PAL R2 copies can be purchased from UK resellers for 8-16# and a few other European for about 20eur. The R2 DVD format is 1.78:1 anamorphic with dolby digital 5.1 or 2.0 stereo English soundtrack options. There are no subtitles. Other than three unrelated forced front trailers, the only extra is an 64+ minute "Making of" feature that is divided into four segments: Development (8 min.), Pre-production (15 min.), Production (25 min.), Post-production (16+ min.).
It had an NTSC R0 DVD release starting 14 February 2012, selling for $20us. Extras include: audio commentary by Paul Campion; five behind-the-scenes featurettes; visual FX breakdown; two extended scenes; three alternative multicam takes; outtakes.
The Blu-ray is presented at 1.78:1, although the box slick incorrectly says it is 2.35:1. The slick also says that it is an All Regions disc, but it is actually locked to Region B. It is 1080p with an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master soundtrack and no subtitles. The only extra is the trailer. It is selling for about $35nz, 10#, 12eur. The German version has both the original English language track, plus a German language track option.

A new German Region B Blu-ray release is scheduled for 27 April 2018, selling for about 12eur. It will have a spoken German as well as the original English soundtrack and optional German subtitles. Further details in April. German Search Portal

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