Diagnosis: Death

Diagnosis: Death - 2009

Affordable Films - 79 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 5060018490786; 031398115977
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 5060018490885(UK); 9312590151705(NZ)

Cast: Raybon Kan, Jessica Grace Smith, Suze Tye, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby.
Screenplay: Raybon Kan, Jason Stutter; Cinematography: Phil Burchell; Music: Plan 9; Editing: Jason Stutter; Production Manager: Kate Manson; Makeup Supervisor: Susan Durno; Special Effects Designer: Kevin Stevens, Producers: Jason Stutter, Raybon Kan; Director: Jason Stutter.

A supernatural force brings together two lost souls undergoing radical treatment at an experimental drug-testing facility. When the facility is locked down for the weekend and the drugs take effect, the human guinea pigs experience sinister hallucinations pointing to a horrific double murder. The genre is comedy horror, but most of the horror is within a five minute segment near the end. Nice original soundtrack and very good photography. Acting generally good throughout, but nothing is outstanding. There is a segment near the opening that features the stars of 'Eagle vs Shark', Loren Horsley and Jemaine Clement. Their bit has little to do with the basic plot, but they are long time friends of the director and so two very "NOT" 'Eagle vs Shark' characters were added to the script to provide another smile. Worth a view.

Censor Rating: R16 - Review rating: C+

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As of November 2009, it is available R2 PAL dvd from UK sources for 8# -10#. In New Zealand an R4 PAL standard dvd is available, selling for $30-35nz. A Standard R1 ntsc dvd is scheduled for U.S. release 29 December, selling for $20-25us. Australian dvd releases were announced in 2010. It is presented 1.75:1, enhanced for 16x9, with 2.0 or 5.1 dolby digital. The only subtitles are Spanish one on the U.S. version. The only extras are a 12 min. "Behind the Scenes", three deleted scenes for a total of 4:45min. and an optional commentary audio track with Jason Stutter and Raybon Kan.
It is available on Blu-Ray in the UK, selling for about 10# and in various European countries for about 20eur. It is 1080p with a dolby true HD English soundtrack. It contains the same extras that are found on the DVD except there are no subtitle options.

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