Director(s): Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray* (*A Best Buy Exclusive) & DVD (Everywhere)
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
After the death of his mother and a bar fight that could lead to jail time, sous-chef Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) flees California for Italy. While backpacking along the spectacular cliffs of the Adriatic coast, he stops in an idyllic village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise (European TV star Nadia Hilker in a breakout role). A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that the voracious Louise harbors a monstrous, primordial secret that could put both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.
After losing his mother just a brief while after the loss of his father, Evan (Pucci) finds himself with no remaining family and nothing left for him in his home town. After a bar brawl that results in potential trouble with the law, Evan decides to leave town and on a whim heads to Italy. Upon his arrival he meets a colorful collection of individuals and even finds a place to stay in return for help running a farm, but the real reason in which he continues to stick around is a girl who he can’t get out of his head, a beautiful student named Louise (Hilker). Once Evan falls head over heels in love with Louise, he isn’t sure the feeling is mutual, yet he will do anything to spend more time with her; but what Evan doesn’t know is that Louise has a terrible secret that could change everything.
The creative duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead join forces yet again with ‘Spring’, their sophomore feature length film following 2012’s complex and thought provoking ‘Resolution’. Together, the duo collectively handle everything from writing, directing, producing and even the choreography (each either separately or joint handling each respective task) and they do a marvelous job, delivering what I felt to be their best effort yet. The film is also greatly complimented by the more than capable cast, namely the two leads portrayed by Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead 2013) and Nadia Hilker (her previous work is mostly comprised of foreign projects, none of which I’m personally familiar with) who both deliver exceptional and emotionally powerful performances in their portrayals of Evan and Louise.
‘Spring’ is a beautiful, unique and emotionally powerful love story with a monstrous secret looming over it. The filmmaking duo of Benson and Moorhead deliver a film completely unlike their last and the result is not only riveting and gorgeous, but extremely well conceived and wonderfully complimented by rich colors that help to pull the viewer more adequately into the mood of the characters on screen as we accompany them on their wonderful and terrifying exploration of love and what may be. Overall, ‘Spring’ is a powerful and beautiful love story that fans of romance and horror films alike will surely appreciate in many ways and I highly recommend it.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Spring’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty solid as a whole, delivering a rich and detailed presentation throughout, beautifully representing the warm and dark colors that so heavily contribute to the tone of the film. Everything looks quite wonderful as a whole, consistently clean and sharp with no notable faults to speak of found within, even the numerous darker sequences holding up admirably. Overall, this is an impressive high definition video presentation that should easily please fans of this gorgeous film.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack is fantastic and regularly utilizes all five available channels to surround the viewer with the movies wonderful score in addition to any number of naturally fitting (albeit frequently tame and/or brief) auditory elements, while never resulting in any dialogue that may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or distorted in any way. Overall, this 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack delivers in every possible way required of it and should not disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Spring’ includes an impressive collection of fun and worthwhile bonus content. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary with filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, in addition to an in depth behind the scenes look at the film in ‘The Making of Spring’ which runs 70 minutes in length. Also included are a couple of Deleted Scenes (totaling just shy of 4 minutes combined), an “Alternate Ending” (approximately 4 minutes) which isn’t to be taken seriously but is still a lot of fun; ‘SFX Case Studies’ (1 minute), ‘Proof of Concept’ (2 minutes), ‘Toronto Film Festival Promo’ (1 minute) and ‘Fantastic Fest Promo’ (2 minutes). We are additionally treated to some more goofy and fun extras, very similar to the Alternate Ending and the extras that accompanied their last film ‘Resolution’ on Blu-Ray. These extras include ‘Note’ which runs a couple seconds shy of 2 minutes in length and features multiple takes revealing the note passed between the characters in the film, along with ‘The Talented Mr. Evan (An Inside Joke for fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley)’ (1 minute), ‘Angelo, The Worst Farmer’ (2 minutes), ‘Wankster Girlfriend Monologue’ (2 minutes) and Evan Ti Odio (4 minutes).
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Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
‘Spring’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray (A Best Buy Exclusive until August) & DVD from Drafthouse Films, FilmBuff & Anchor Bay Entertainment.