Release Date: Now Available on Unrated Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Katie is trying to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling. When she innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into an unthinkable nightmare of rape, torture, and kidnapping. When a twist of fate finally frees her from her captors – beaten, battered, bruised, and broken, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive her ordeal, but to ultimately find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.
‘I Spit On Your Grave 2’ is a competent sequel that brings an intense, disturbing and gruesome tale of suffering and revenge just as you would come to expect from a film in this franchise. Unfortunately it doesn’t really add anything new to the franchise either, and while things are done a great deal differently, the basic formula plays out more as a rehashing of the first film from another person’s perspective as opposed to being a direct sequel. The film is not really related to the first film in any way, therefore you would not need to see the original (by which I mean the 2010 remake to which this follows, not the original ‘Day of the Woman’) in order to watch this one. Though if you are going to give it a shot, I would highly recommend watching the first one instead (or at least first) as it really is a far superior film. Not only is it far more disturbing, brutal and effective, the acting is impressive all around and while the acting was not horrible in this one, it was certainly not on par with the impressively capable performances of its predecessor.
Jemma Dallender is our victim turned tormentor this time around. While I can’t say I’m familiar with her aside from her performance here, she did a fair job in the lead role. At some points I was actually quite impressed with her performance, though at others it seemed a little bit over the top, and began bordering into b-movie territory. None of the other performances in the film are anything to go on about, but most of them were pretty decent and believable.
While it may not be as good as its predecessor and it certainly has its faults, ‘I Spit On Your Grave 2’ is far better than I expected, and also far superior to some other sequels I have seen recently. If you are a fan of 2010 film directed by Steven R. Monroe (who also returned as director this time around) you will probably want to give this one a shot. It’s brutal, disturbing and graphic, but if you’re watching these films, one can assume that is exactly what you were looking for, and in that regard you should not be disappointed.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘I Spit On Your Grave 2’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio and as is almost always the case with Anchor Bay’s Blu-Ray releases, it looks pretty great. Everything is sharp detailed and looks spot on in every regard. There were no faults that I could notice in the video transfer.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack which sounds surprisingly great. I wasn’t expecting the lossless surround track to get much of a workout on this film, but it really does. From drips and creaks in dark and damp places, to loud noises and static, all elements of the soundtrack are clearly defined and sound absolutely marvelous. I would have to say I found the Dolby TrueHD track to be the high point of this release.
The only special feature included on the Blu-Ray release is a number of deleted scenes. While they don’t really contribute a whole lot to the story, some of them are actually kind of interesting and help add a little bit of background perspective on the overall events of the film.
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
‘I Spit On Your Grave 2’ is now available to own on Unrated Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack & DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.