Oct 172013
 

Idle Hands is a film I initially didn’t care much for but have grown a bit fonder of over the years. The cast is great headlined by Devon Sawa and Seth Green, with Jessica Alba making an impressive appearance early in her career and serves wonderfully as eye candy. The Blu-ray released by RLJ offers excellent video/audio transfers but the features are non-existent which is to be expected from a cheap and quick release.

 

 


Idle Hands (1999)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Horror, Comedy
RLJ Entertainment | R – 97 min. – $17.97 | September 3, 2013

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Rodman Flender
Writer(s): Terri Hughes & Ron Milbauer (written by)
Cast: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba, Vivica A. Fox

Theatrical Release Date: April 30, 1999

DISC INFO:
Features:
None
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 22.1 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE – 2.75/5

Anton Tobias (DEVON SAWA) is a channel-surfing, junk-food munching, couch potato burn-out who can’t control the murderous impulses of his recently possessed hand. With the help of his zombiefied buddies, Mick (SETH GREEN) and Pnub (ELDEN HENSON), Anton’s got to stop the rampaging devil appendage before it takes total control of his life and ruins any chance he has with class hottie Molly (JESSICA ALBA).

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5

Sadly, none of the features from Sony’s DVD (commentary, featurettes, deleted scenes, theatrical trailers) were ported over.


VIDEO – 4.5/5

RLJ Entertainment, licensed from Sony, releases Idle Hands onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. The 1080p high-definition transfer actually looks pretty sharp with some good detail levels and although the black levels have a bit more of a punch, I do recall this being the director’s intentions being a dark horror-comedy. When we do get color, it looks nicely balanced.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

Where the DVD received a standard DD 5.1 track, this movie gets an upgrade to 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. It’s nothing outstanding but at times there’s some decent depth and the dialogue levels coming from the middle channel does sound crisp and clear throughout, although it is central heavy with some ambient noises making use of the front and rear speakers.



OVERALL – 2.0/5

Overall, Idle Hands is a film I initially didn’t care much for but have grown a bit fonder of over the years. The cast is great headlined by Devon Sawa and Seth Green, with Jessica Alba making an impressive appearance early in her career and serves wonderfully as eye candy. The Blu-ray released by RLJ offers excellent video/audio transfers but the features are non-existent which is to be expected from a cheap and quick release.

 

 

Published: 10/17/2013

 

 

 

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