I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into an appealing presentation.
Sharpness appeared accurate and well-defined most of the time. A few slightly soft shots materialized, but most of the flick seemed distinctive and concise.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Colors tended toward a light sense of amber, with a bit of the usual teal thrown in as well. Though the palette remained subdued, it came across as intended.
Blacks felt dark and dense, while shadows showed positive clarity. Ultimately this became a quality image.
Unfortunately, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack seemed less satisfying, mainly due to a less than natural soundscape. While active, the soundfield seemed awkward and clumsy too much of the time.
This meant that the movie gave us active use of all five channels, but it tended to seem too active, as the mix didn’t balance the material well. When elements cropped up in the side or surround speakers, they could feel contrived and they didn’t mesh together well.
Audio quality seemed positive, with speech that sounded distinctive and concise. Music boasted appealing range and fidelity as well.
Effects demonstrated good accuracy and impact, with deep low-end. Though the audio sounded fine, the clunky nature of the soundscape made this an erratic mix.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from author/film historian Joe Bob Briggs. He presents a running, screen-specific discussion of some production topics, but Briggs mainly mocks the movie.
Sort of. Briggs doesn’t openly attack the flick, but he points out the 10 zillion flaws we find and gleefully reminds us of the movie’s utter lack of coherence/logic.
A little of this goes a long way. Briggs did a commentary for the 1978 movie that worked better because he offered both criticism and defense of that one. This meant he managed to give us a robust examination of the movie.
Probably because the sequel entirely stinks, Briggs finds no room to praise it, and this leaves us with little more than snarky observations. Which seems fair, as the movie deserves no better – it really offers a thoroughly awful affair.
Nonetheless, 148 minutes of jokey insults about a film gets tedious. Briggs is clever and funny enough to ensure this track never becomes a dud, but it still turns redundant before too long.
Under Cast Interviews, we get 11 minutes, four seconds of material. In these clips, we hear from actors Camille Keaton, Jamie Bernadette, Jeremy Ferdman, Jim Tavare, Maria Olsen, and Jonathan Peacy.
These interviews cover the 1978 movie, the sequel’s story/characters, performances, and general thoughts about the production. A few decent notes emerge, but most of the time, we get banal happy talk.
The Making of I Spit On Your Grave Déjà Vu runs 43 minutes, 51 seconds and mainly shows “fly on the wall” shots from the production. That makes it a good look at the shoot.
In addition to three trailers, the set concludes with two minutes, 44 seconds of Behind the Scenes Footage. It resembles a severely truncated version of “Making”, which makes it less than valuable.
Although the original I Spit On Your Grave offered a tough film to watch, at least I respected it own sense of honesty. Unfortunately, its long-delayed sequel flops in all regards, as Déjà Vu gives us a cheesy, tacky attempt to recreate the first flick’s themes. The Blu-ray brings very good audio along with erratic audio and a mix of supplements. Avoid this terrible sequel.