DVD/Blu-Ray Review: "10 Cloverfield Lane"

“After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker.  He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable.  His theories are supported by a mysterious stranger who is in the bunker with them (John Gallagher Jr., “The Newsroom”), but as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth.” 

When news broke this past April that producer J.J. Abrams had secretly been working on “10 Cloverfield Lane” I was floored.  As a huge fan of “Cloverfield” the thought of a sequel was something that left me completely excited.  Though “10 Cloverfield Lane”, from up-and-coming director Dan Trachtenberg, wasn’t the sequel that some of us were hoping for, it still left quite an impression, and as the movie ended I was left breathless and exhilarated by what I had just seen.  Though monsters and creatures weren’t as prevalent in this film, what we did get was an Oscar-worthy performance by John Goodman as well as outstanding performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and my favorite newcomer John Gallagher Jr.  It’s hard enough when having to deal with some form of monstrosity invading Earth but it doesn’t make it any easier when the person you are stuck in a bunker with may also be a monster - and not in the creature feature type of way.  The film examines just how horrible humans can be when left to their own devices and honestly, that is almost just as scary as aliens invading.  Though I may have personally been on the fence about the ending (though don’t worry I will not be spoiling anything) “10 Cloverfield Lane” ended up being one of the best mainstream horror/drama’s I’ve seen in 2016.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch this yet, don’t worry as Paramount has released the film in Digital HD as well as a Blu-ray Combo Pack.  This is a film that’s worth watching as it combines horrors from above with exceptional acting and a storyline to die for. Also, the Blu-ray Combo Pack if filled to the brink with additional content such as:

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Commentary by director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams
  • Over 30 minutes of Behind-The-Scenes Footage

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition

If you purchase The Blu-ray Combo Pack it includes a Digital HD version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet.  I use UltraViolet as a way to collect my digital films and access them wherever I go with cloud and stream or download them to a variety of devices.  

If The Blu-Ray Combo Pack isn’t your thing don’t worry as “10 Cloverfield Lane” will be offered as a Single-Disc DVD as well.  The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Protuguese subtitles.  This disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

Whatever way you like watching, “10 Cloverfield Lane” will be accessible for your viewing pleasure and as of June 14 it is readily available.  So I would suggest picking up this film, turning off your phones, turning down the lights, and experience what some would call a masterpiece of horror and tension.