Human Traces

Human Traces - 2017

Overactive Imagination - 87 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 191091556665
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 191091556610

Principal Cast: Sophie Henderson, Mark Mitchinson, Vinnie Bennett, Sara Wiseman, Milo Cawthorne, Peter Daube.
Writer: Nic Gorman; Director of Photography: John Chrisstoffels; Original Music: Steve Gallagher; Editor: Richard Shaw; Art Direction: Heather Hayward; Costume Design: Sally Gray; Production Design: Martin Gorzeman; Producer: Nadia Maxwell; Visual Effects Supervisor: Darwin Go; Director: Nic Gorman.

The drama takes place 750 kms south of New Zealand, where husband-and-wife scientist team Sarah (Sophie Henderson) and Glenn (Mark Mitchinson) have been posted to monitor the ecosystem of a remote island. When a mysterious stranger named Pete (Vinnie Bennett) arrives, paranoia and deception begin to disrupt the order. After the opening segment, the film is split into three chapters, each told from a different character’s perspective. Each new chapter is designed to reassemble the last: no sooner have you sided with one character, than you find your allegiance complicated by the next point of view. The opening credits utilises black & White 1.33:1 archival Antarctic expedition footage. I found the last segment/chapter to have been edited in a confusing manner and therefore negatively affecting my overall view of the film. Excellent photography and I appreciated the subtitle option. Shooting locations in The Catlins and Banks Peninsula.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B-

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An NTSC R1 DVD and a Region A BD-R BDMV Blu-ray were released starting 06 March 2018. It will be available from North American resellers for about $20us. It is presented 2.39:1, 16x9 enhanced, with a dolby digital 5.1 spoken English soundtrack and optional English subtitles for the DVD and a DTS-HD-MA 5.1 for the BD-R which also has optional English subtitles. The only extra is the film's trailer. Although both DVD and BD have 11 chapters, there is no chapter menu. As of February 2018, no information about DVD or Blu-ray availability in other markets. DVD Price Comparison Site for North America Blu-ray Price Comparison Site for North America

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Graeme Tuckett Review

Charlie Gates Review

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Toby Woollaston NZ Herald Review

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