Digging Up the Marrow had an interesting idea being a mixture of fantasy and horror and putting a mockumentary twist on both and while Adam Green proves yet again to be an affable guy (as demonstrated in his numerous commentary tracks), the plot never quite gels though I can’t say it’s not at least worth a rental.
Digging Up the Marrow
Genre(s): “Documentary”, Horror
RLJ Entertainment | NR – 88 min. – $29.97 | March 24, 2015
What if ghostly images and abominations haunting our collective nightmares actually exist? Writer/director Adam Green sets out to make a documentary exploring this tantalizing premise after being contacted by a mysterious man named William Dekker (RAY WISE). Dekker explains he can prove that “monsters are real” and insists these grotesque creatures are forgotten, hideously deformed humanoids inhabiting a vast, underground metropolis. Determined to expose the truth, Green embarks on a bone-chilling odyssey and gets more than he bargains for when he dares to go Digging Up the Marrow.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5
One thing you can count on in a release of an Adam Green film, he does give us some features where other regular RLJ releases tend to be barebones.
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Adam Green, Artist Alex Pardee, Cinematographer Will Barratt and Actor Ray Wise.
Deleted/Extended Scenes (30:43; HD) are some (i.e. a ton) excised footage, and even some dailies from the first cut filmed years ago, removed for a variety of reasons but mostly for pacing.
Monsters of the Marrow (28:32; HD) is a behind-the-scenes featurette and includes interviews with the filmmakers.
Trailer (1:32; HD)
VIDEO – 3.75/5
RLJ Entertainment releases Digging Up the Marrow onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Given this was in all likelihood was shot digitally, the transfer is absolutely clean and brilliantly bright in some scenes; colors and skin tones appear to be well balanced and details look decent enough. I saw no major instances of aliasing, artifacts or banding making for a fine HD transfer.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track isn’t entirely dynamic but certainly effective enough. Dialogue levels sound nice and clear throughout, if not topping out here are there in keeping with on-the-spot recordings for the “documentary.” Where this lossless track comes to life through some effective sound effects which makes good use of the front and, especially, rear channels.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Digging Up the Marrow had an interesting idea being a mixture of fantasy and horror and putting a mockumentary twist on both and while Adam Green proves yet again to be an affable guy (as demonstrated in his numerous commentary tracks), the plot never quite gels though I can’t say it’s not at least worth a rental. The Blu-ray (released exclusively for Amazon Prime members) has a fair number of features and the video/audio transfers are both decent enough.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.