The Tattooist

Tattooist, The - 2007

MediaCorp Raintree Pictures/Eyeworks Touchdown/Daydream Productions - 87 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 043396254572; 5051429101491; 8714025513071
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 8714025515181(NL)

Cast: Jason Behr, Mia Blake, David Fane, Robbie Magasiva, Caroline Cheong, Nathaniel Lees, Michael Hurst, John Bach, Timothy Balme.
Screenplay: Matthew Grainger, Jonathan King; Cinematography: Leon Narbey; Original Music: Peter Scholes; Editing: Paul Maxwell; Special Effects: Dan Perry; Makeup Designer: Deb Watson; Visual Effects Supervisor: Peter McCully; Producer: Julie Christie, Paul Davis, James Dean, Robin Scholes, Daniel Yun; Director: Peter Burger.

American tattoo artist Jake wanders the world, exploring and exploiting ethnic themes in his designs. At a tattoo expo in Singapore, he gets his first glimpse into the world of traditional Samoan tattoo and unwittingly unleashes a powerful angry spirit. In his journey into Pacific mysticism, Jake must find a way to save his new love and recover his own soul. Will undoubtedly appeal to tattoo advocates, especially those who adhere to any mystic aspects of the art. It is a bit messier (bloody) than I felt necessary and why the hip-hop? Excellent production values with appropriate original music. Mostly filmed in the Auckland district of Otara. Worth a view, if you go for mid-violent, fantasy-horror.

Censor Rating: R13 - Review rating: B-

The Tattooist
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It is available R4 PAL from New Zealand retailers, selling for about $30nz. It is presented 1.78:1 with optional 5.1 dolby digital or PCM stereo English only and no subtitles. Extras include a 11:42 minute 'Behind the Scenes' featurette and three short extra scenes that didn't make the final cut. It is scheduled for dvd sales release in Australia on 4 June, 2008, containing the same specs and extras as the NZ disc and selling for about $20au.

An R1 ntsc version is selling for about $15us. It is presented 1.78:1 with 5.1dolby digital English soundtrack and there are subtitles for English, French and Spanish. Extras include five featurettes: 'Behind the Scenes'(11.44), 'Behind the Tattoo Designs'(2.25), 'Colors of The Tattooist'(2.20), 'Real-Life Samoan Tattoo'(3.19), 'Becoming a Chief'(1.51) and an audio commentary track by Peter Burger and Jason Behr. There are also deleted scenes(4.40) and some trailers. An R2 PAL version is selling for about 10#.

There is a 1080p all region Blu-ray version from The Netherlands (although the insert incorrectly states region B), selling for about 15eur, with the original English soundtrack, plus optional Dutch subtitles for the feature as well as the extras. The feature is presented in its original 2.35:1 format, but the extras are presented in a mix of 1.33:1 or 1.78:1. Sound options are dolby digital 5.1 and TrueHD 5.1. The disc extras include: "Evil in Ink" featurette (22:47), "Behind the Scenes"(6:45), deleted scenes(4:40). The original English trailer(2:00), which is presented 2:35:1, has optional dutch subtitles.

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