Sep 042017
 

Amsterdamned  has a bit of a cult following since its release nearly 30 years ago and although I wasn’t overly enamored with the film, though found some scenes highly enjoyable and bucking the trends of the suspense/thriller, it is worth a watch.

 

 

Amsterdamned
(1988)

Genre(s): Horror, Thriller
Blue Underground | R – 113 min. – $39.98 | August 29, 2017

Date Published: 09/04/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Dick Maas
Writer(s): Dick Maas (written by)
Cast: Huub Stapel, Monique van de Ven, Serge-Henri Valcke, Hidde Maas, Wim Zomer
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Music Video, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: Dutch (DTS-HD MA 2.0), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Down in the murky depths of Amsterdam’s famous canals lurks a murderous predator. Surfacing at night, he kills at random and disappears without a trace. As the bodies begin to pile up and mass hysteria envelopes the city, Detective Eric Visser (HUUB STAPEL) is assigned to head the investigation. With only the escalating number of victims to go on, Visser pursues his quarry with a vengeance, unaware that his beautiful new girlfriend (MONIQUE VAN DE VEN) may be the mysterious killer’s next victim.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.0/5


This 2-disc release comes housed in a clear HD Keep Case and comes with reversible cover artwork and a 18-page booklet.

Audio Commentary – Director Dick Maas and Editor Hans von Dongeo

The Making of Amsterdamned (36:15; SD) is a featurette that actually includes some behind-the-scenes footage.

Tales from the Canal (8:38; HD) is an interview with star Huub Stapel.

Damned Stuntwork (18:12; HD) – Stunt coordinator Dickey Beer chats about his work on the film.

We also get the Dutch and U.S. Trailers, a Music Video (3:30; SD) and Poster & Still Gallery.

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Amsterdamned swims onto Blu-ray through Blue Underground and is presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer via a brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative. The picture actually doesn’t look half bad, detail is fairly sharp while colors are on the more muted side, but there are pops here and there. I didn’t notice any major flaws like artifacting, aliasing and other flaws, which is impressive considering the film’s age and budget.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The disc comes with an English/Dutch DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track that sounds relatively clear providing crisp dialogue levels, no discernible hisses or pops, with an extra boost of depth during the suspense-filled scenes. It’s not going to overwhelm you or give your audio system that heavy of a workout.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, Amsterdamned  has a bit of a cult following since its release nearly 30 years ago and although I wasn’t overly enamored with the film, though found some scenes highly enjoyable and bucking the trends of the suspense/thriller, it is worth a watch. The Blu-ray released by Blue Underground offers good video/audio transfers and a nice selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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