Jul 282020

Possession had an interesting premise but not enough to stretch it into feature film length or at least provide some consistent story that was engaging rather than a bit on the dull side.




Genre(s): Supernatural Thriller, Romance
MVD Visual | PG13 – 85 min. – $19.95 | April 14, 2020

Date Published: 07/28/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist
Writer(s): Byun Won-Mi & Song Mi-Ho (screenplay “Jungdok”); Michael Petroni (screenplay)
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes

Features: Featurette, Deleted/Alternate Scenes, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
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: 24.53 GB
Total Bitrate: 33.30 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

MVD Visual 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 — 1.75/5

Plot Synopsis: Newlyweds Jess (SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR) and Ryan (MICHAEL LANDES) seem to have it all until a car accident renders both Ryan and his brother Roman (LEE PACE) comatose. But things spin even more eerily out of control when Roman awakens and tries to convince Jess that he is her husband. Beside herself with fear and grief, Jess grapples with one question: Could the man before her actually be the man she lost…or does something far more sinister await her in his arms?

Quick Hit Review: Possession is a remake of a supernatural-thriller out of South Korea titled Addicted. Not sure how it compares, but this version is much like the numerous foreign-horror flicks like Shutter, Pulse and The Grudge, the latter also starring Sarah Michelle Gellar whose attempts going from TV stardom to the silver screen faltered.

The issue with Possession isn’t so much with Gellar, she did okay I suppose nor with Lee Pace who was probably the lone highlight, instead even clocking in at a mere 85-minutes (with end credits), really dragged and was rather dull. Things only became mildly interesting maybe an hour in only to flounder with a ridiculous and predictable ending, but worse one that lacked any sense of suspense or thrills.

Directed by Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist, two Swedes making their English-language debut, it’s no wonder that Possession only got a limited release overseas and was direct-to-video stateside. There’s really not enough story there to fill out a feature length film and probably would’ve served better for an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”



This release comes with reversible artwork with the one side the original poster art. Without looking, as somewhere I do own the original Blu-ray, I believe all the features have been ported over: Making of Featurette (3:36), Deleted/Alternate Scenes (32:58) including an alternate ending and lastly the Theatrical Trailer (2:26).


VIDEO – 4.0/5

MVD Visual releases Possession onto Blu-ray presented in its original 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Presumably this is similar maybe even the exact transfer that Fox released in 2010. Even so, this doesn’t look half bad, for the most detail is sharp and well defined while colors are on the muted side in keeping with the very dark tone.

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The disc comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and as with the picture, probably is the same one offered a decade ago. This is not the sort of movie needed for a strong lossless track but even so, dialogue comes through with good clarity and there is some minor depth for various scenes with minor thrills.


OVERALL – 2.5/5

Overall, Possession had an interesting premise but not enough to stretch it into feature film length or at least provide some consistent story that was engaging rather than a bit on the dull side; probably would’ve been better off as a “Twilight Zone” episode.

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