Apr 302017

The Autopsy of Jane Doe was one of the better surprises of the year (so far) with a compelling enough plot and two great performances by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch.



The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Genre(s): Horror, Suspense/Thriller, Supernatural
Shout Factory | R – 87 min. – $24.97 | May 2, 2017 / June 27, 2017

Date Published: 04/30/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by:
André Øvredal
Writer(s): Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing (written by)
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton
Trailers, TV Spots
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 21.3 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE — 3.75/5

Plot Synopsis: It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (BRIAN COX) and son (EMILE HIRSCH) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse arrives. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe — eerily well-preserved and with no visible signs of trauma — is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead.

Note: This review contains some spoilers.

Quick Hit Review: It’s not often that a (for all intent and purpose) direct-to-video release impresses but The Autopsy of Jane Doe really took me by surprise. First, I thought it would, in spite of the plot summary, be some sort of crime-mystery but didn’t expect a supernatural element mixed with horror. This is a straight-up suspense-filled film with a few neat twists and a bit of cleverness with how the terror is displayed with something as little as a ringing bell.

Beyond the interesting plot, it doesn’t hurt when you have two solid actors including the indispensible Brian Cox who should have more leading roles, alongside Emile Hirsch who is decent enough with a thinly written character, though does showcase some nice emotions that build toward a vicious end. Together, the pair work well even when the plot gets a bit… much even when considering the supernatural aspect.

Directed by André Øvredal, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is still a well done horror-thriller that is well worth, at the very least, a rental but if the premise sounds interesting, maybe even a purchase.



This release comes with a matted slip cover. Inside is a DVD Copy. The only features included are some Trailers and TV Spots.


VIDEO – 4.25/5

The Autopsy of Jane Doe rolls onto Blu-ray from IFC through Shout Factory and is presented with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition. The picture actually doesn’t look half bad considering a fair portion is darkly lit. Detail still is rather sharp and some pops of color does show up and skin tones appear natural looking, so to speaker when it comes to the Jane Doe corpse…

AUDIO – 4.5/5

The disc does feature a rather robust DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Dialogue sounds crisp and clean throughout but where it especially impresses is with the atmosphere set up by Øvredal with the swell of the music to something as simple as a ringing bell. The LFE channel gets some great usage, rattling the floor at times which only enhances the creepy experience.


OVERALL – 3.5/5

Overall, The Autopsy of Jane Doe was one of the better surprises of the year (so far) with a compelling enough plot and two great performances by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. The Blu-ray released through Shout Factory is unfortunately limited in the features department though the video and audio transfers are both well done.





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

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