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#1 of 23 Adam_Reiter


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Posted September 30 2003 - 08:50 AM

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Wrong Turn

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Year: 2003

Rated: R

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

Film Length: 84 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 & Full Screen 1.33:1

Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitled in English and Spanish

Bonus features:
-Commentary by Director Rob Schmidt and Stars Desmond Harrington & Eliza Dushku
-Deleted Scenes
-4 Featurettes:
“Making Of Wrong Turn”
“Eliza Dushku: Babe in the Woods”
“Stan Winston”
“Fresh Meat: The Wounds of Wrong Turn”
-Poster Concept Gallery – and more!
Release Date: October 14th, 2003



Wrong Turn is a throwback to 70' horror films like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Four time Academy Award winning character effect wizard Stan Winston (Jurassic Park, Terminator) stepped up to the plate to help make this film the best that it could be. There are some VERY impressive mutilation scenes that look like the real deal. We get a slightly different take with this movie, as the horror villain, is actually 3 seriously inbred, cannibal, redneck, country-bumpkins. It's a nice change of pace from the usual horror movie template.

Here is the synopsis from the back cover:
An indescribable nightmare begins when a group of young friends is stranded on an isolated road deep in the Appalachian hills of West Virginia, with no hope of rescue. Desperate and fearing for their lives, the horror surges as they find themselves relentlessly pursued by a force of evil beyond their imagination! Featuring a hip ensemble of up-and-coming young stars, including “Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Eliza Dushku, this blood-curdling epic is a shock-a-minute horror rush that will leave you screaming for more!

Chris (Desmond Harrington) has a job interview that he is running late for in the next state over. He comes to a standstill on the highway due to an accident. Chris is determined to make his interview, so he flips a U-turn, and heads back up the West Virginia Highway. He stops at a gas station for directions, and finds a map that shows a nearby country road that seems to intersect back up with the highway away 20 miles down. He decides this is his best option. Chris is distracted by a dead deer on the side of the dirt road, and he slams his Mustang into the back of a Range Rover that is parked in the middle of the road. The Range Rovers tires were blown out due to a barb-wire trap. Chris isn't hurt, but we see 5 young adults scurry out of the nearby bushes to assess the damage.

Both vehicles are trashed, so Chris, Jesse (Eliza Dushku), Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and Scott (Jeremy Sisto) team up to look for help or a phone. They leave Francine (Lindy Booth), and Evan (Kevin Zegers) behind to smoke pot / stand guard of the vehicle. As they go deeper into the woods, they find a cabin. It's unlocked, so they go in to see if there may be a phone. What they see is horrific! They find many sets of car keys, piles of cameras, and other vacation equipment, bloodied knives and axes, and a refrigerator full of various organs. They also find the same barb-wire traps that shredded their tires. Just as they realize what they are dealing with, the 3 inbred brothers pull up to the cabin, towing both damaged cars, and the bodies of their friends Francine and Evan!

The 4 somehow escape, with the mountain men hot on their tails! What happens to them after that? That is for you to find out!



Picture quality for this DVD was actually very good! Usually, the newer made movies make for a very good transfer, and this DVD is no exception. Wrong Turn is a wonderful transfer, with a very nice picture, and excellent color vibrancy! Black levels were very good, but a tad better in the outdoor night scenes rather than inside ones. I did notice that the indoor scenes had more background video noise and looked a bit softer. I did not notice any pixilation, compression, or EE during the movie. Only very slight film dirt was seen from time to time.

Overall, a very nice transfer! If not for the indoor scenes that stole some detail, I may have given it 5 out of 5 stars.

SEE FOR YOURSELF!: (click on the picture for a bigger version of the screen-shot)

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Picture Quality Rating:
Picture: 4 / 5
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The DVD is mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1. Sound was excellent! The director actually pointed out in the commentary on how they purposely pushed the noises to the rear channels so that you would have an enveloping audio mix. They wanted to put you right in the middle of the woods. Surrounds were very active during the movie. You hear it all, bugs, crickets, small animals, gunshots, arrows.

Dialog was bold and clear, and stereo separation was very good. Music came in good and strong. Heavy use of LFE throughout! This DVD will make your subwoofer smile!

Sound Quality Rating:
Sound: 4 / 5
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This DVD has fairly good extras, although most of them are a bit short. All extras for the DVD of “Wrong Turn” are shown in a 4:3 Aspect Ratio, with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound Mix.

Widescreen Side Extras:


Finally, a commentary with lots of laughs! Done by Director Rob Schmidt, Eliza Dushku, and Desmond Harrington. I really enjoyed the commentary for this DVD. The three seem like they really had fun doing it. They were constantly cracking jokes at themselves and at certain scenes in the movie. It was a nice change of pace from the usual commentaries that you hear on most DVD’s. The commentaries I like the best, are like this one, where they include the director and one or two of the starring cast.

Rob Schmidt starts off talking on how the movie is inspired by 70's horror movies, and that he wanted Eliza and Desmond to play real characters. As in, not like the movie "Scream", where the movie doesn’t take itself seriously. He also wanted the photography to have a 70's feel. They used lighter cameras, handheld cameras, and "drifty zooms".

Things to point out are Eliza Dushku's fear of watching horror movies, and how she doesn't like to watch them because she is convinced there are monsters in her room. She even talks to them and tells them to leave! They were a lot of injuries on the film. Eliza had really bad poison ivy from head to toe. Desmond worked on a broken ankle that was so swollen, his skin was puffing out 2 inches over his shoe. Emmanuelle dislocated her shoulder as well, while filming a scene.

I would recommend listening to the commentary, just for the fact that Rob, Eliza, and Desmond are always laughing and having fun, and it makes it fun to listen to.

Deleted Scenes

Total Running Time: 03:03

“Francine Kill”
Total Running Time: 32 seconds

“Francine Kill Dailies”
A very cool extra, if I don’t say so myself! We get to see take after take of the same shot, and different approaches to acting it out. I really wish they would include this type of extra in more DVD offerings!!
Total Running Time: 03:21

Fresh Meat: The Wounds Of Wrong Turn

The longest extra on the DVD besides the commentary, “Fresh Meat” takes us on a 9 minute journey, learning about the gruesome makeup effects for the movie. A really cool featurette, even if it is really short. They show us the makeup for the 3 mountain men, "3 Fingers", "One Eye", and "Sawtooth". They also give us behind the scenes special effects on the individual characters death scenes, and how the makeup was done on them. At the end, we see the "contents" of the refrigerator. In a word.... NASTY!

Total Running Time: 09:25 / Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Poster Concepts

There are 4 images of different poster concepts for the movie poster that would go in Theater Marquees.


Theatrical Trailer for “Wrong Turn”

Total Running Time: 2:12 / Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Full Screen Side Extras:

Featurette: “Making Of Wrong Turn”

This is a curiously short “Making Of” with narration. Interviews with Producer Stan Winston, Director Rob Schmidt, Eliza Dushku, Desmond Harrington, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Jeremy Sisto, on what the movie is about, and the nature of the villains in “Wrong Turn”. It’s basically a quick version of what is said on the commentary, and "Fresh Meat" sections.

Total Running Time: 4:03 / Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Eliza Dushku: Babe In The Woods

Dushku, a babe in the woods that can kick your ass! A short piece on how they wanted a strong girl with a strong personality that could stand up to Desmond's character. Eliza wanted to give her character the right feel, as she really cared about the character and how she came across. She received many bumps and bruises making the movie, shadowing what her stunt woman would do. She insisted on doing as many of her own stunts as possible. Stan Winston was impressed with Eliza's performance and talks about how he did everything in his power to bring her on for the filming of "Wrong Turn".

Total Running Time: 3:42 / Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Stan Winston Featurette

This one is a short featurette about the great, Stan Winston. The "living legend" as his cast puts it. Stan talks about starting out with Walt Disney Productions in 1969 as an apprentice makeup artist. The first movie he worked on after his apprenticeship was a movie of the week called "Gargoyles". He won his first Emmy with "Gargoyles". He won his second with "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman". He did the metal makeup for "The Wiz", and this is why he was approached by James Cameron for "The Terminator". He also won an Oscar for "Aliens". He is responsible for the look and costume of "Predator". Steven Spielberg contacted him to do "Jurassic Park", and "Edward Sissorhands" is also on his resume. He likes producing because he can handle more than one project at once. He only works on Science Fiction or Horror, as that is favorite genre.

Stan Winston is truly one of the greats in movie making, and the industry might be in a very different place without him.

Total Running Time: 4:40 / Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Extras / Bonus Features Rating:
Extras: 3 / 5
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"Wrong Turn" is a nice DVD offering for fans of the movie. I enjoyed the movie, and am glad that it is now apart of my DVD collection. It is certainly not the best horror film, but is one I would pop in on movie night, to give my friends a different horror movie feel.

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#2 of 23 Chuck L

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Posted September 30 2003 - 08:55 AM

Great review...looking forward to this disk...I enjoyed this film very much.

#3 of 23 ThomasC


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Posted September 30 2003 - 10:33 AM

Thanks for the review, Adam! Will you be posting a review of Down With Love soon, or have you not received it yet?

#4 of 23 Will K

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Posted September 30 2003 - 11:18 AM

Excellent review, Adam. One of my favorite horror offerings of the year. Can't wait to pick it up!
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#5 of 23 Adam_Reiter


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Posted September 30 2003 - 11:40 AM

Thank you all for the kind words.

#6 of 23 Dome Vongvises

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Posted September 30 2003 - 11:51 AM

The important thing is: how does Eliza look?

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#7 of 23 Adam_Reiter


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Posted September 30 2003 - 11:58 AM

Well, pictures speak louder than words my friend!! Posted Image

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Posted September 30 2003 - 12:01 PM

Please answer my question, Adam. Posted Image

#9 of 23 Bill>Moore


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Posted September 30 2003 - 03:38 PM

I'd probably buy the DVD if it was called "Eliza Dushku's Day On The Couch." Posted Image Posted Image

Glad to hear it's worth a view on top of that and I'm always looking to add another horror flick to the collection.

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Posted September 30 2003 - 07:56 PM

Thomas, I did not get Down With Love. Maybe in the next batch? Sorry!

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Posted October 01 2003 - 05:40 AM

Although it brings nothing new to the genre, I enjoyed WRONG TURN for all its backwoods fun. Definitely a huge throwback to the seminal 70's horror classics like Texas Chainsaw and The Hills Have Eyes, this is one of better horror films of the last couple years. Great review by the way, Adam!

Looking back, horror fans have gotten a lot of quality stuff this past year. Final Destination 2, Identity, Wrong Turn, Freddy vs. Jason, House of 1000 Corpses, 28 Days Later...and we aren't even in October yet!
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#12 of 23 Martin_T


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Posted October 01 2003 - 10:12 AM

Good review Adam. Posted Image

I am picking this one up for sure!

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Posted October 01 2003 - 11:14 AM

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Down With Love is EXCELLENT!

The colours pop, and the dialogue is snazzy and tongue twisting!

loved it!

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Posted October 01 2003 - 02:31 PM

darned flipper

I don't think this is a flipper...
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Anyway, excellent review.
I really liked this in the theater. Not the best horror film, but it was a lot more effective and entertaining than I thought it was going to be. A surprising gem that I will definitely add to my collection.

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Posted October 01 2003 - 09:11 PM

flip for split extras.

double-sided, no artwork (hard to read label, which will get buffed off when), more prone to scratches etc etc etc.

no good. But I love the movie!

good stuff. had me chanting, "die, you fool, die!"

#16 of 23 Adam Tyner

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Posted October 02 2003 - 12:16 AM

The extras on the full-frame side are absolutely worthless, though, so once you figure out which side is widescreen, that should pretty well cover you.

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Posted October 15 2003 - 11:47 PM

So what does everyone think of their Wrong Turn DVD's?
Do yall like the A/V quality of this one?


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#18 of 23 Doug Schiller

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Posted October 16 2003 - 02:27 AM

Can anyone explain what the difference between the "Francine Kill" in the deleted scene and the one in the film is?

I watched this last night and it had a few spots that made me jump but all in all, I thought they could have done much better.

There were too few many "monsters" and too few "victims".

#19 of 23 Zen Butler

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Posted October 27 2003 - 03:34 AM

Watched this one last night. I actually liked this movie. I liked the feel of the film. A bit claustrophobic with some good "jump" scenes.


#20 of 23 Nate Anderson

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Posted October 27 2003 - 04:45 AM

I also watched the flick last night. Some pretty good jumps and scares. I appreciated it brevity...it got right into the story and wasted very little time.
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