Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead Blu-ray Review
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit); French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kbps); Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kbps)
- Subtitles: English SDH, Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish
- Region: A
- Rating: Not Rated
- Discs: 1
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Release Date: October 20, 2009
- List Price: $29.99
BestBuy.com: Purchase Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead on Blu-ray from CD Universe Download: Shop with us for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.comOverall The Film Video Quality Audio Quality Supplemental Materials
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Oh, my! What can be said about Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead other than this franchise should have been left for dead? The aptly named third film in the franchise arrives in a direct-to-video release and with good reason. Director Declan O’Brien, a veteran of SciFi Channel (now renamed SyFy) pulls out his entire cheesy TV movie bag of tricks on this awful affair. Complete with low quality CGI and green screen effects and British actors putting on bad American accents, Wrong Turn 3 is more unintened comedy than horror.
This time out Three Finger returns to terrorize a group of prisoners being transported to a new facility, their prison guard chaperones, and of course the requisite tank-topped hottie in shorts who just happens to be trapped along with them after her friends were all killed off on a rafting outing. There’s something about bags of money and, well, of course, all the killing and gore, but, trust me, most of that looks so fake you won’t need to turn away.
Personally, I think Wrong Turn should have ended after the mildly entertaining first film that nearly derailed Eliza Dushku’s career, how it made it to a third installment is incomprehensible. What is understandable, however, is why this third installment skipped right past the big screen and went direct-to-video.
The 1.78:1 AVC/MPEG-4 1080p/24 high definition encoding from Fox for Wrong Turn 3 is a solid one. The film’s gritty texture is preserved, though video noise is at times a bit heavy lending the overall picture a bit of a harsh look with sometimes-soft details. Shadow delineation is well extended in the pervasively dark film. Flesh tones are natural and the buckets of vermilion blood look quite realistically gory indeed. There are no signs of compression artifacts or edge enhancement
Wrong Turn 3 has been given a strong, but not spectacular, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) lossless soundtrack. Gunshots are authoritative, punches land with “oomph” and dialogue is clear. The surround channels are given some good discrete effects on occasion, but the overall mix is hardly engaging enough for a film that is so heavily reliant on gags.
Like the film itself, the supplements on Wrong Turn numéro trois feel like nothing more than an afterthought. Apart from some brief, garden variety “making of” featurettes with the directors and actors all patting themselves on the back for this travesty of a film, there are some laughable deleted scenes barely clocking in at 84 seconds with scenes that probably could have been left in the film without making it seem any more ridiculous, but then again, we would have had to sit through an additional 84 seconds of this agony, so thank goodness they left it out.
The Definitive Word
The Blu-ray release of Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead looks and sounds pretty good, but don’t waste your time or money on this “film,” I beg you. If you to get your Wrong Turn fix on this holiday season, stick with the original and move along.BestBuy.com: Purchase Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead on Blu-ray from CD Universe Download: Shop with us for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com