Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain - 2009

Index/Liberty Films - 91 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9398521351031; 0031398124696; 5030305512545
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 7613059401280(DE)

Cast: Tom Cameron, Sophie McBride, Oliver Driver, Leon Wadham, Sam Neill.
Screenplay: Matthew Grainger, Jonathan King from the novel by Maurice Gee; Director of Photography: Richard Bluck; Original Music: Victoria Kelly; Sound Designer: Tim Prebble; Editing: Chris Plummer; Production Designer: Ralph Davies; Art Direction: Nick Bassett; Set Decoration: Verena Jonker; Costume Design: Kiri Rainey; Special Effects Supervisor: Brendon Durey; Visual Effects Supervisor: Charlie McClellan; Producers: Richard Fletcher, Matthew Grainger, Jonathan King; Director: Jonathan King

When teenage twins Rachel and Theo Matheson investigate the old house next door, from their Auckland relatives, they discover the Wilberforces - shape-shifting creatures that lurk beneath Auckland's ring of extinct volcanoes. Guided by the mysterious Mr Jones and with the help of their older cousin Ricky, the twins must rekindle the unique powers they once shared if they are to destroy this ancient evil - before it destroys them. This is a children's story and therefore would have been better served by having pre-teens as the lead actors, but it is not an adult horror flick, which a number of reviewers have apparently not realised. Recommended.

Censor Rating: PG-13 - Review rating: B-

Under the Mountain
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It is available PAL R4 from New Zealand and Australian sources, selling for about $30. The feature is presented 2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9. There is a 5.1 surround English soundtrack with the feature and a 2.0 stereo track with the documentary. There are no subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track option with Jonathan King and Matthew Grainger, an auto advancing gallery of 21 concept artwork stills, and a 46:40 minute "The Making of" featurette.
It is available R1 ntsc from North American sources, selling for about $20us, with the same extras as those with the R4 release plus optional English and Spanish subtitles.
There is a 1080p region B 2.35 Blu-ray disc available in Europe for about 17eur. It has a DTS HD Master 5.1 English soundtrack as well as a DTS HD Master 5.1 German soundtrack. It also has a German subtitle option. There are about 80 minutes of extras: Interviews, a "While filming" featurette and three unrelated trailers.

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