Another release worth mentioning is SONY’s Blu-ray release of Afflicted. Afflicted is a film that I previously had no interest in seeing, as I’m about found-footaged to death. But, at the eleventh hour, a recommendation from Doc Terror himself, James Harris, led to my increased interest, and ultimately asking for SONY to send me a Blu-ray to review. After the explanation I was given, I had all kinds of expectations for Afflicted, and in an lot of ways it delivered. I will admit that the film wasn’t the way I expected, and/or wanted it to be, but it was still a great little film nonetheless. I don’t know what I wanted it to be, in all honesty. I heard several comparisons to Blair Witch, so my mind wandered, imagining what the Blair Witch Project would be like with vampires. I don’t know if i expected it to be a group of friends lost in the woods, and hunted and killed by blood sucking freaks, or what. Had it been that, I probably would have chalked Afflicted up to a derivative waste of time, because we are currently bombarded with Blair Witch clones to begin with. Thankfully, Afflicted takes its own path, and delivers a smaller-scale, but highly effective and far more intimate story. This isn’t about a horde of vampires, stalking unsuspecting prey deep in the woods, this is the story about one man – traveling the globe – who has a one-night-stand that ends with him being infected with the vampire virus. The rest of the film documents his transformation, and it is often times extremely haunting.
Synopsis From Blu-ray.com
Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of lifetime. Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. Footage meant to be travel memories may now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on film…and perhaps will be their only postcard home.
This, as I stated before, is a found footage film, so you can’t really expect an expertly photographed film with gorgeous landscape shots or long-takes. For what it is, the Blu-ray is a more than competent representation of the film. The picture is sharp and detailed, even though you do get the bouncing camera situation you normally run into with these types of films. I know some of you get motion sickness fairly easily, and I can report to you that Afflicted is much easier on the eyes than something like Cloverfield, where I witnesses people puking in the theaters with my own eyes due to the rapid movement of the camera. The Blu-ray features an AVC encoded 1080p transfer of the film in 1.85:1, and a 5.1 DTS-HD MA English language audio track, and a Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track. There are actually a few quality extras on the disc, such as a behind-the-scenes featurette, an examination of one of the bigger stunt scenes in the film, as well as some deleted scenes. If you wish to purchase a copy of Afflicted for yourself, you may do so by clicking here.