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Old 08-30-2012, 02:23 AM
Past Tense

This week we are put on notice; beware of isolated motels in "Vacancy"...

The cat and mouse motion picture opened on April 20th, 2007. It was made with a budget of $19,000,000 (estimated) and grossed close to 19 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts. The film opened number four at the box office, the following week it dropped to number eight.

The feature opened against "In The Land Of Women", "Hot Fuzz" and "Disturbia".

The basic edition did not come with a slipcover or any insert.

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The film streeted on home video, August 14th, 2007, there were two exclusives. I bought both, sold the extra copy on Ebay. I lost money on that. *shrugs*

Suncoast/F.Y.E had an exclusive cardboard foil slipcover and bonus disc. Thanks to the interwebs I found out about their exclusive. I called, queried if they had it, they said they had two copies. Naturally I requested they hold one for me. I get there later and see that the other is gone. I'm glad I asked them to put it aside. This would be the former F.Y.E, two towns away from me. This edition sold for $22.99.

I have since changed it and gave the movie a two disc case, it originally was inside a single. The bonus disc came inside an "EnvyPak"; think of it like a rectangular CD envelope. The top is clear plastic, only sticky on the sides on a white backing sheet. This kind of thing was mentioned before, the PT for "Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Resurrected Edition" (February 23rd, 2012). The extra DVD has a run time of 19:44 minutes.

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The second exclusive came from Wal-Mart - another bonus disc, but this one with its own case. Both were inside a cardboard long box, which I still have as you can see from the above scan. Man, I'm anal.

This set sold for $19.96 and came with three making-of featurettes which totaled 28:53 minutes.

You would think that at some point someone would've said to cut back on the photoshop; the image of Luke Wilson on the bonus disc looks less than human.

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Both exclusives are great when you consider how brief the extras are on the main DVD; deleted scenes, alternate ending and one featurette. That's it. The exclusives add forty-eight minutes of more production bonuses.

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This was a blind buy. I liked it, I'm glad I didn't flush away my bucks - I've done that before. Lately I've cut back on my blind buys. Having three in a row go bust was demoralizing; I could've bought something far better. I did pick up "Dead Season" (2012) and enjoyed it; zombie apocalypse with minor clichés, tough decisions and good characters.

Anyhow, what struck me about "Vacancy" is that this movie is an adult horror. That is to say, no teens. A married couple trying to survive the night from the motel from hell. Smart decisions and consequences which made sense.

Researching for this post I learned that Sarah Jessica Parker was to have played the wife, Amy Fox. I'll be clear, if that had happened I wouldn't have bought it. I'm glad she dropped out and was recast with Kate Beckinsale who IS a fox. Above is a behind-the-scenes pix with Beckinsale and director Nimród Antal. Yes, his name is Nimrod.

As with the PT from August 2nd (2012), "Quarantine", there was a direct to video installment for "Vacancy".

Released on January 20th, 2009 for $24.96 was "Vacancy 2: The First Cut". This should not have the number 2 in the title. This is a prequel, not a sequel.

The events which lead the motel to be turned into a snuff film studio. Well, I say studio since they editing equipment on site. Our heroine this time out is Agnes Bruckner as Jessica. She is so easy on the eyes. I remember the first time I saw her, the former ABC TV series "Alias". She did an episode, a victim of the conspiracy.

Bruckner plays a smart gal under pressure here. I'm pleased that she didn't turn into a damsel in distress - someone rescue me! Nope, Jessica has to get out of this mess by herself. A soild, suspense flick made for allegedly $5 million. If they can keep up the quality, I would like to see another chapter. *nods*

Extras include a commentary, two featurettes and deleted scenes; decent bonuses.

One other thing, I'm glad that these films don't descend into tortune porn. There is gore, but it's the supplement story - not the other way around. Story matters.

Next PT will strike at you on September 13th. And unlike previous entries, I know exactly what I'm going to write about. Ha-ha!

Just so you know, this month marks the one year annivesary of Past Tense (reboot). The first was posted on August 18th, 2011; the exclusives for "Laguna Beach" seasons one and two. Man, it doesn't feel that long ago. But that was forty-three entries (including my Night Of The Living Dead DVD Retrospective and Jurassic Park/The Towering Inferno Comparison) ago.

Last edited by JohnIan; 09-02-2012 at 03:48 AM..
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