I was able to see Odd Thomas well before its Blu-ray debut, thanks to friends on the festival circuit that granted me access to a private screener. I wasn’t even aware of the film, honestly, until my friend Kevin from Screen-Connections mentioned it to me. He also clued me in on the legal hell that the movie had been experiencing, and the fact that it was unlikely that it would be released anytime soon, if ever. Cut forward to October of 2013 and the film was playing Toronto After Dark, and other festivals. Shortly thereafter, the film was picked up for home video distribution VIA IMAGE Entertainment, and now we have a nice shiny Blu-ray of this great little movie. I’ll be honest in saying that I have seen some mixed reception among people that I associate with, but I think this is one of those underrated gems that will find a cult following eventually. Odd Thomas actually reminded me of another underrated gem, Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night, which was met with almost universal disdain by both critics and moviegoers alike. For me, though, I thought it was a highly entertaining supernatural action picture, and though Odd Thomas is a little more subtle in its action elements, I feel the comparison is valid.
Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs – predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction – Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy (Addison Timlin) and the local sheriff (Willem Dafoe), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas is a supernatural action thrill-ride from the acclaimed director of The Mummy and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.
The Blu-ray itself looks and sounds spectacular. With a 1080p AVC encoded transfer in 2.40:1, and an average bitrate of 25Mbps, Odd Thomas looks spectacular in its Blu-ray form. The DTS HD-MA 5.1 track is also more than presentable. It might not be a title to showcase to your friends that are still holding out on taking the Blu-ray plunge, but for the exhibition of this film, it’s perfect. The one negative thing about this release is the lack of any real extra features. But, I highly doubt this will get a “special edition” release at a later date, so if you are a fan of the film, there is no need in holding out for a stacked edition before adding it to your library.
Odd Thomas will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from IMAGE Entertainment, tomorrow, March 25th. You may purchase your copy here.