Director: David Nutter
Cast: James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
In the halls of Cradle Bay High School, something sinister is happening… something dark… something disturbing. Sure, the “Blue Ribbons” – the clique that’s at the top of the food chain at Cradle Bay – appear perfect in every way. But underneath their clean-cut, well-mannered facades lurks a shocking secret – one that a group of Cradle Bay High’s outsiders and rebels must uncover in order to save their school, their town…and their own lives.
The wonderfully fun late 90’s gem ‘Disturbing Behavior’ follows high school student Steve (Marsden) whose family has just moved to the seemingly quiet and peaceful town of Cradle Bay. While initially hesitant to believe the rumors and strange occurrences within the town, Steve soon discovers there is something truly wrong in this quiet tight knit community and he must discover what exactly is going on before it’s too late and he and his younger sister are unwillingly forced to be become one of the eerie and painfully “perfect” local kids.
Directed by David Nutter (likely best known for his work directing various episodes in numerous TV series including Game of Thrones, Entourage and many more) from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) and starring some notable talent both young and old from the era including James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl, William Sadler, Bruce Greenwood, Chad Donella and more, ‘Disturbing Behavior’ is an exciting, original, violent and humorous little gem which may have escaped some genre fans amongst the late 1990’s horror overload, and this is one you likely won’t want to miss out on.
Fellow fans of this underappreciated 90’s classic will almost surely want to make certain to pick up a copy of Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of ‘Disturbing Behavior’, the first time the film has ever been released in the format. While it may not be jam packed with supplemental material such as many Scream Factory’s releases, it does include a couple of extra goodies including an Audio Commentary with director David Nutter and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) and even more importantly it delivers impressive high definition video and audio presentations that will easily make the release a definite must own for many fans.
Overall, fellow fans who have been waiting to own ‘Disturbing Behavior’ on Blu-ray will likely want to make sure to pick up a copy of Scream Factory’s release to add to their collections, while those who are unfamiliar with the film may be understandably hesitant to make a blind purchase, although if you are able to rent a copy of the disc I certainly can’t imagine a better way to experience the movie for the first time than with this release and I would highly recommend giving this flick a whirl, especially for genre fans who haven’t previously had the pleasure.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Disturbing Behavior’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks quite fantastic as a whole, delivering a sharp and detailed presentation throughout that still retains plenty of grain and some other mild artifacts representative of its source, holding up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit and/or fast moving sequences and never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fairly impressive high definition video presentation that should easily please the majority of fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great and provides a consistently clean, crisp and aggressive audio presentation, utilizing all five available channels regularly in order to surround the viewer with the soundtrack, screams, eerie and action related noises and more, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a strong 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Disturbing Behavior’ includes an ‘Audio Commentary with Director David Nutter’, along with a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ including an Alternate Ending which also feature optional commentary with David Nutter (running approximately 25 minutes in length altogether). The ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (approximately 2 minutes) for the film is also included.