Director: Adam Green
Cast: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.
This “documentary” follows horror filmmaker Adam Green and his dedicated family at ArieScope Pictures (many of whom are also featured in the film portraying themselves) as he and his partner in crime Will Barratt attempt to film footage for a documentary about the possibility of monsters being real. Looking into a retired Detective’s (Wise) claims of an underground world in which monsters are apparently real and living in their own civilization, a place he refers to as The Marrow, they are initially skeptical. Nonetheless they continue to work with the odd old man and as they push on they begin to realize that they might truly be on to something, but first they may have to figure out why the retired Detective appears to be continually trying to deceive and lie to them.
‘Digging Up the Marrow’ is a detailed, thought out and well executed film about monsters, shot as an actual Documentary, filmmaker Adam Green (who I’ve been a huge fan of myself for many years now) writes and directs, delivering yet another great film and once again very different in style from anything he’s directed before, although that comes as no surprise considering most of his films tend to be quite unique and different from each other. This time around Green delivers a refreshingly unique, fun and funny film that also features some beautifully creepy artwork from Alex Pardee and some pretty fantastic creature effects. ‘Digging Up the Marrow’ is definitely worth checking out for any fans of Adam Green, monsters or merely the horror genre in general, it comes highly recommended!
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Digging Up the Marrow’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty solid as a whole. While it differs in quality throughout, that’s obviously intended in order to fit into the whole ‘documentary’ aspect of the film, but as is clear in numerous other moments, it’s sharp and detailed and looks great. It’s provided with a very sufficient bitrate here and suffers no notable faults or issues throughout, other than those intended for the purpose of the movie.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and it definitely contributes in a big way to the overall experience of the film in a number of moments. This lossless multichannel soundtrack perfectly utilizes the surround channels during some of the more intense or creepy moments and it really contributes impressively to the overall impression of those scenes, while never detracting from the audibility of any dialogue that might be occurring simultaneously. Overall, this is a more than capable and often quite impressive 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Digging up the Marrow’ does include some solid extra goodies. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Adam Green, Artist Alex Pardee, Cinematographer Will Barratt and Actor Ray Wise. Also included is a number of Deleted and Extended Scenes (approximately 30 minutes worth in total) with intros by Writer/Director Adam Green. We are also treated to a Behind the Scenes Featurette titled ‘Monsters of the Marrow’ which runs approximately 28 minutes and explores the practical effects used to create the monsters. The Trailer for the film is also included.