Collector, The (Blu-ray / DVD)

The Collector on Blu-ray and DVD (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Josh Stewart, Daniella Alonso, Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernández

Directed by Marcus Dunstan

Distributed by Vivendi Entertainment

In a time when slasher movies regularly result in their victims being bound, gagged, and tortured, it's hard to bring something new or at least entertaining to the table. With his directorial debut, The Collector, Saw sequel scribe Marcus Dunstan manages to sneak in a few new tricks along with the same old/same old and, as a result, crafts a film that is ultimately worth a look.

While Jigsaw had a million reasons for doing what he did, the main character in this flick has only one motivation -- money. Arkin (Stewart) is a handyman with a lot of financial woes, the worst of which are coming from his ex-wife. Good thing for him, though, that his present position has allowed him to freely case a wealthy client's home. Arkin has a simple plan: Once his employers leave, break in, steal the goods, get the cash, cease his troubles. There's only one problem. He wasn't the only one casing the joint. A serial killer whom we'll refer to as The Collector also has plans for the family, but it's not their riches he's concerned with; it's their lives. Of course Arkin breaks in, and these two scenarios collide with a pretty friggin' gruesome outcome.

The Collector on Blu-ray and DVD (click for larger image)The Collector is a bit of a case of style over substance. Despite all the gore there's little meat on these bones. It almost feels as if Dunstan had one incredible trap in mind for the Saw franchise but decided to keep it for himself to use here and write a movie around it.

Another problem is that the film is rather outlandish. Some of the traps the killer sets in this flick would have taken days to fully prep and pull off. This maniac fashions these wondrously ingenious ways to kill in what had to be only a couple of hours. Seriously, Jigsaw himself would have been in awe! Still, if you can turn off the old brain and just dig on the whole lot of sick presented here, you're likely to have a good time with the entire affair.

If you have a Blu-ray player, don't even think of getting this on DVD. Don't get me wrong; the film's standard definition cousin looks and sounds great, but holy shit is this flick striking in high definition! Given all of the neon lighting and its overly saturated look, the flick's image is dripping with color and depth. It's ghastly beautiful, man.

In terms of supplemental material the DVD and the Blu-ray are home to the same items. Things kick off with a really good commentary from director Marcus Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton, who get just technical enough to please the cinephiles while keeping things light and loose enough for any fan to enjoy. From there things get pretty standard. There are about five minutes of deleted scenes along with an alternate ending that's marginally different at best. Add on a music video, and we are done, folks.

In the end The Collector does its job. You won't be hailing it as horror's next big thing, but at the very least you'll appreciate the violent gore-soaked absurdity of it all. Dig it!

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by director Marcus Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video


    3 out of 5

    Special Features:

    2 1/2 out of 5

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    Matt Serafini's picture

    Film grain doesn't mean that a transfer is bad. If you were to take film grain out of the image, you would have a total loss of detail.

    Submitted by Matt Serafini on Wed, 04/07/2010 - 2:10pm.
    The Buz's picture

    There's a difference between film grain, and an image just being overly grainy. They shot The Collector on super 35 which is a low quality of film stock, that makes it fairly grainy (especially if you were going to watch it in blu ray) and honestly it's really shitty grain. Not to mention it wasn't shot with that color pallet on set, but was done in post.

    And when you make your shots all primary colors your picture is going to get extremely grainy.

    Submitted by The Buz on Wed, 04/07/2010 - 4:20pm.
    Vermithrax's picture

    I don't know what your talking about in terms of how great it looked in HD. I played the Blu Ray on my new 50" HDTV and it looked INCREDIBLY grainy. I had to turn the brightness and contrast way down just so the grain would stop distracting me, which pissed me off. Unless Netflix just jipped me and sent me a standard DVD in a Blu-ray envelope.

    Submitted by Vermithrax on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 10:13pm.
    Count Zartro's picture

    This movie stunk!

    Submitted by Count Zartro on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 4:03pm.

    I just have one question... are those outstanding boobies fake, or real?

    Submitted by PelusaMG on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 1:04am.
    Foywonder's picture

    You review still fails to explain my biggest question. Why did he set up all the traps? There's no logical reason behind his doing so.

    Submitted by Foywonder on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:24pm.
    doubleh55's picture

    I believe Creepy does address the reason and it's that the viewer should watch with their brain off and since it's off, why should anybody care why. So he just does.

    Submitted by doubleh55 on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 11:30pm.
    moderator Exactly.
    Steve Barton's picture


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 3:36am.
    Verdugo's picture

    The only thing that really bothers me in horror movies is violence inflicted upon animals, so this one lost me at "melting cat".

    Submitted by Verdugo on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:08pm.
    doubleh55's picture

    I don't get that. I remember that when I saw Starship Troopers they pan over all these dead people but the only reaction is when you see a dead dog. Why are animals off limits but it's ok to kill human beings all day long?

    Submitted by doubleh55 on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 11:31pm.
    moderator Because most animals are
    Steve Barton's picture

    Because most animals are more interested in companionship than the destruction of humans. I'm a pet person. I like my animals way more than I do people.

    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 3:37am.
    doubleh55's picture

    Oh then I totally wanna see more pets die in movies then. I heart Uncle Creepy.

    Submitted by doubleh55 on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 12:08pm.
    kiddcapone's picture

    The Collector has got to be one of the dumbest most ridiculous wastes of time I ever experienced in my entire life. From now until the day I die, I will always put this piece of garbage on my all-time worst movies list.

    Submitted by kiddcapone on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:04pm.
    LifeMi's picture

    At least films like Shark Attack 3 are entertaining to watch. The Collector is completley and utterly dull. Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen in the theatre.

    Submitted by LifeMi on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 11:11pm.
    Verdugo's picture

    Even more so than Legion? Pretty hard to top Legion in the "ridiculous waste of time" category. Gah, my eyes are burning just thinking about it...

    Submitted by Verdugo on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 11:06pm.
    Vanvance1's picture

    No Legion is much worse. The Collector isn't boring, Legion is.

    I'd say Creepy is spot on with his review. I'd like to add that I like Dunstan as a writer (I loved the first two Feast flicks) but his direction is piss poor.

    He wants to be creative but the style is awkward and gets in the way of the fluidity of the story. It's a very amateur first attempt. The script would have been better served with someone else behind the camera.

    Not a bad flick (entertainment wise) but not nearly as much fun as I was hoping for.

    Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 2:27am.
    Floydian Trip's picture

    I only know a little bit about the plot and it's already on my worst of all time list. I'll save myself the trouble of watching it.

    Submitted by Floydian Trip on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:39pm.
    fceurich39's picture

    cool i was gonna get the dvd because i thought the darkness of the film and the grain would hurt it on blu-ray but now i'll get the blu-ray

    Submitted by fceurich39 on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 9:23pm.

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