Oct 122020
 

The Pale Door isn’t your ordinary western for sure with… interesting horror elements thrown in. While it’s not all that good, I guess I can commend the filmmakers for trying something a bit new for the genre even if some of it didn’t quite work.

 

 

The Pale Door
(2020)

Genre(s): Western, Horror
RLJ Entertainment | NR – 96 min. – $28.97 | October 6, 2020

Date Published: 10/12/2020 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Director: Aaron B. Koontz
Writer(s): Aaron B. Koontz & Cameron Burns and Keith Lansdale
Cast: Devin Druid, Zachary Knighton, Bill Sage, Pat Healy, Natasha Bassett, Stan Shaw, Melora Walters


DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 37.61 GB
Total Bitrate: 43.64 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


RLJ Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 2/5


Plot Synopsis: The Dalton gang find shelter in a seemingly uninhabited ghost town after a train robbery goes south. Seeking help for their wounded leader, they are surprised to stumble upon a welcoming brothel in the town’s square. But the beautiful women who greet them are actually a coven of witches with very sinister plans for the unsuspecting outlaws – and the battle between good and evil is just beginning.

Quick Hit Review: Outside of some classics, like Unforgiven, The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I’m not much of fan of westerns, even western-horror like this one was. So being up front with that, The Pale Door might feature some passable acting, much everything else falters. The story and script needed some re-writes, particularly the dialogue, the costume design and wardrobe in general was far too noticeably clean but that’s a minor quibble as the film goes into Satanism and all around horror along the lines of From Dusk Till Dawn without the sharp dialogue.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2½/5


This release comes with a somewhat textured, title-embossed, slip cover. Included is a Filmmakers Commentary with Co-Writer/Producer/Director Aaron Koontz and Co-Writer/Producer Cameron Burns and two featurettes: The Making of The Pale Door (14:14) and Editing The Pale Door (3:01).

 


VIDEO – 4½/5


RLJ Entertainment releases The Pale Door which is presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Although most of the movie takes place at night, with some scenes in bright daylight, the detail here is sharp and well defined; the natural film grain shines through. Colors are more tamped down outside of the daylight scenes while black levels are stark without appearing crushed.

AUDIO – 4¼/5


The movie comes with a standard but effective DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Dialogue comes across well enough however you can tell the on-set audio quality wasn’t the best as some of it sounds a bit flat. Where this lossless track excels is with the western music and score making good use of every channel.

 


OVERALL – 2½/5


Overall, The Pale Door isn’t your ordinary western for sure with… interesting horror elements thrown in. While it’s not all that good, I guess I can commend the filmmakers for trying something a bit new for the genre even if some of it didn’t quite work.

 

 

 

 

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

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