Friday 18 January 2013

The Possession - UK DVD/BD review

“The Possession” comes to UK DVD and BD this month and Lionsgate were nice enough to send me a review copy to take a look at.
Divorcee, Clyde Benneck (Jeffrey Dean Morgen – Watchmen) buys an antique wooden box at a yard sale for his younger daughter, Em. But shortly after doing so, he begins to notice a change in her.
She spends increasing amounts of time alone in her room, starts having violent outbursts and is constantly being reprimanded at school for her behaviour. Then when she claims someone in the box is talking to her, Clyde and his former Partner Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick – TVs Closer) suspect its not just their divorce that’s the cause of her recent behaviour. Particularly when they find that anybody who comes between Em and her box suffers a grisly fate.
Discovering that the item is a Jewish Dybbuk box, which is said to contain a malevolent spirit, he enlists the help of a Rabbi to see if he can shed any light on what’s been happening. But when Em has a routine X-ray at the hospital, which shows up something unexpected and scary, they realise the box does indeed contain something a lot more sinister than just a few old artefacts…
Based on a true story, “The Possesion” is the latest release from producer Sam Raimi (of “Evil Dead” fame) and is directed by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch) . If you liked “The Exorcist” or the “Amityville Horror”, then you should enjoy this.
The disc contains the uncut version of the film, featuring extended scenes that were trimmed for the theatrical release. Extras wise, it has 2x separate audio commentary tracks, 1 with director Ole Bornedal and 1 with Writers Juliet Snowdon and Stiels White, and there's a “History of the Dybbuk box” feature, which shows the true story of the real incidents that inspired the film.
The film is released to UK DVD and Blu-Ray January 21st from Lionsgate films.
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