The Barber isn’t an altogether terrible movie but it doesn’t exactly break new ground in the genre and greatly benefits from the performance from veteran actor Scott Glenn. The Blu-ray released by Arc Entertainment offers good video/audio transfers and only some deleted scenes and a trailer.
Arc Entertainment | R – 90 min. – $20.99 | April 28, 2015
THE MOVIE – 3.0/5
Eugene van Wingerdt (SCOTT GLENN) is a small-town barber hiding a dark secret. Twenty years earlier he was arrested for several gruesome murders, but was released due to insufficient evidence. The detective in charge of the case killed himself in despair. Now the detective’s son (CHRIS COY) is in town, with a few secrets of his own. Is he seeking revenge or hoping to learn at the feet of the master?
Quick Hit Review:
The Barber isn’t the best written suspense thriller nor is particularly engaging dragging in some spots but the acting isn’t altogether bad from Chris Coy to Kristen Hager and even Olivia Taylor Dudley (upcoming The Vatican Tapes) but the biggest reason The Barber even works is because of Scott Glenn proving he’s still one hell of an actor and it’s refreshing to see him in a leading role. In the end, The Barber might be worth a rental mainly for Scott Glenn otherwise it’s a forgettable thriller that could’ve been better.
The film was helmed by Basel Owies marking his feature-length debut and written by Mac Enscoe whose career is comprised of TV movies that included Return to Halloweentown and Prince William drama which aired back in 2002 on ABC.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5
This release comes with a glossy slip cover.
Alternate Ending (3:19; HD) – This ending is not significantly different just with an extra scene added in.
Deleted Scenes (9:33; HD) and Extended Scenes (3:10; HD) – There are 6 scenes offered but nothing of significance.
Theatrical Trailer (2:20; HD)
VIDEO – 4.0/5
The Barber arrives on Blu-ray presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The colors are fairly bright and details are well defined with no discernible artifacts or aliasing, however I did notice some banding during some transitions. Still, it’s a fine looking and satisfying transfer that might not look incredible but has some good things going for it.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The film includes a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track which offers crisp and clear dialogue levels throughout and considering the bulk of the movie is mostly talk, it’s not terribly dynamic yet still effective especially when the soundtrack/score kicks in.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, The Barber isn’t an altogether terrible movie but it doesn’t exactly break new ground in the genre and greatly benefits from the performance from veteran actor Scott Glenn. The Blu-ray released by Arc Entertainment offers good video/audio transfers and only some deleted scenes and a trailer.
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