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Flying Lotus, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Johannes Roberts, Joseph Winter, Vanessa Winter
Jesse LaTourette, Keanush Tafreshi, Dashiell Derrickson
Zoe Cooper, Flying Lotus, Chris Lee Hill, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Johannes Roberts, Joseph Winter, Vanessa Winter

Witness a hellish vision of 1999, as social isolation, analog technology and disturbing home videos fuse into a nightmare of found footage savagery.
Rated NR.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 109 min.
Price: $28.96
Release Date: 5/23/2023

• Audio Commentary with Directors Maggie Levin, Flying Lotus, Tyler MacIntyre, Johannes Roberts, Vanessa Winter and Joseph Winter
• Comic-Con Panel
• Deleted Scenes
• Music Video
• Bloopers
• Camera Tests
• “The Making of Medusa” Featurette
• Raw Footage
• Location Scouting
• Storyboards and Blocking Rehearsals
• Gag Reel


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V/H/S/99 [Blu-Ray] (2022)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (May 17, 2023)

Back in 2012, V/H/S offered a horror anthology that revolved around creepy “found footage” episodes located on videotapes. Though that film did little box office business, it brought enough of an audience to spawn a few sequels, a spinoff and a TV version.

2021’s V/H/S/94 went back to the Clinton years, and with 2022’s V/H/S/99, we stay in this era. As implied by the title, this horror anthology takes place at the end of the decades.

Whereas V/H/S/94 included a running narrative that linked all its individual segments, 99 veers down a different path. That said, we do see a tale called “The Gawkers” evolve between short films, one that provides a story that involves stop-motion animated toy soldiers and their creator, a teen named Brady (Ethan Pogue). It covers its own narrative, but unlike the tale in 94, this one doesn’t relate to the separate sequences.

As for the individual sequences, we find these:

Shredding: members of rock band RACK want to make an edgy new music video, so they choose the site of a fire that claimed the lives of another band called Bitch Cat. This leads to unforeseen consequences.

Suicide Bid: new to college, Lily (Ally Ioannides) gets accepted into elite sorority Beta Sigma Eta, where she then gets taken to a cemetery as part of the hazing process. This leads to unforeseen consequences.

Ozzy’s Dungeon: on a game show for kids, a stunt goes wrong and severely disables young contestant Donna (Amelia Ann) when the host (Steven Ogg) refuses to halt the episode for medical attention. This leads to unforeseen consequences.

To Hell and Back: on the eve of the new millennium, videographers Nate (Archelaus Crisanto) and Troy (Joseph Winter) get a gig to film a coven as they attempt to summon a demon, but they think they’ll just encounter a prank. This leads to unforeseen consequences.

Inevitably, not all parts of the anthology fare equally, so expect real ups and downs from 99. Actually, “Gawkers” – the least plot-driven of the bunch – probably works best, at least for a while.

That occurs simply because “Gawkers” manages to offer amusement and cleverness. The short vignettes act out the toy soldiers in a delightful way that makes those clips enjoyable.

However, we eventually lose the toy soldier stop-motion to go for antics of the filmmaker’s jerky older brother and a sleazy scheme. “Gawkers” turns into a semi-ridiculous horror tale – I wish it’d just given us the random and silly animation the whole time instead.

“Shredding” feels more like the filmmakers wanted to make a 90s music video and base a story around it than anything else. The “unforeseen consequences” develop in a predictable manner and the segment lacks any suspense or scares. BitchCat does remind me I miss the 90s rock scene, though.

On the other hand, “Bid” comes with a moderately intriguing premise, as the horrifying nature of the hazing stunt gives it an edge. Of course, we know something weird and spooky will pop up – unforeseen consequences! – and the short explores these issues in a fairly disturbing and effective manner.

“Dungeon” comes with probably the most interesting premise of the bunch. It will clearly remind 90s kids of the glory days of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, and that feels like a fun concept to explore.

However, once the unforeseen consequences emerge, “Dungeon” becomes less compelling. It essentially just turns into “torture porn” and loses steam on its way to a lackluster finale.

Finally, “Back” scores a few points due to its weird and surprising twists. However, it doesn’t feel especially effective, as it mainly plods until it gets to the usual gory ending.

All of this leaves 99 as a mixed bag, where only one of the segments really satisfies. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I find this to be an erratic anthology.

The Disc Grades: Picture C/ Audio B/ Bonus B-

V/H/S 99 appears in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. When 94 went with that aspect ratio, I whined since it violate the 1.33:1 dominance of 1994.

However, by 1999, 1.78:1 camcorders became more common. As such, I can accept these dimensions more readily here.

Whatever the ratio, both discs came with exceedingly similar picture and audio. As such, enjoy these cut and pasted comments from my 94 review – hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t rewrite it!

Because the film wanted to look like 90s-era videotape, the end result seemed predictably ugly. Sharpness consistently felt blah at best. The image always felt soft and mushy.

Jagged edges and moiré effects turned up through much of the movie. VHS-style distortion, interference and artifacts became a persistent factor.

Colors looked bland and on the brown side. Few – if any – instances of brighter hues manifested in this dull presentation.

Blacks came across as flat and inky, while shadows appeared dense and murky. From start to finish, V/H/S/99 brought an ugly image.

So why did I go with a “C”? Because V/H/S/99 should look awful, given the premise.

The movie felt too unattractive for me to give it a higher rating. Nonetheless, due to the concept, I also felt a lower grade seemed unfair, so “C” it was!

At least the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack fared better, even though it clearly violated the aforementioned premise. In a realistic world, the audio would both seem distant/rough and be stereo at best, with monaural more likely.

If we ignore the unreality of these choices, the soundscape seemed pretty good. The mix didn’t go crazy, so it stayed mostly with general atmosphere. A few spooky or violent moments featured the side and rear channels more actively, but the majority of the track remained environmental in nature.

Audio quality was fine. Despite the “on the fly” nature, speech seemed acceptably concise and natural, and effects demonstrated nice clarity and range.

The score was subdued but seemed well-rendered. This wasn’t an impressive track, but it worked in a positive manner.

When we shift to extras, we launch with an audio commentary from directors Maggie Levin, Flying Lotus, Tyler MacIntyre, Johannes Roberts, Vanessa Winter and Joseph Winter. Hosted by Bloody Disgusting’s Trevor Shand and Leo D’Antonio, all but Roberts sit together for a running, screen-specific track. Shan and D'Antonio do a separate running, screen-specific segment with Roberts that gets edited into the rest.

During this track, we learn about stories/characters, cast and performances, shooting during the COVID pandemic, sets and locations, music, influences, various effects and connected domains.

The presence of so many participants made me fear the commentary would become a mess. However, the Boo Crew folks keep matters under control.

This allows the discussion to cover a lot of domains in an efficient manner. Brisk and lively, this turns into an effective commentary.

A New York Comic-Con panel spans 51 minutes, 21 seconds. It features MacIntyre, Vanessa Winter, Joseph Winter and producer Josh Goldblum. They cover the project's development, recruiting directors, specifics of the various segments, period details and franchise reflections.

When they involve unreleased projects, Q&A panels tend to become fairly general, and that holds true here. These exist mainly to promote the film, so while we get occasional insights, the discussion doesn't tend to reveal a lot of substance.

Deleted Scenes pop up, with two from “Ozzy’s Dungeon” (1:24 total), one from “Shredding” (0:20), and one from “The Gawkers” (0:42). All feel extraneous and not interesting.

Related to “Shredding”, we get a music video from “BitchCat”. It credibly replicates the vibe of a mid-90s female rock band and becomes a fun addition. It loses the VHS vibe, though, and comes with a much cleaner image than seen in the actual film.

Three elements accompany “The Gawkers”, where Bloopers fill one minute, 11 seconds. It delivers the standard goofs and not much more.

Camera Tests go for two minutes, 13 seconds and include commentary from MacIntyre as we see attempts to find the right videotape equipment for the shoot. Though brief, this delivers an interesting look at these choices.

Lastly, The Making of Medusa runs one minute, nine second and shows various steps used to turn actor Emily Sweet into a mythological monster. Some narration would’ve been nice, but this still gives us a decent view.

Under “To Hell and Back”, we open with seven minutes, 35 seconds of Raw Footage. It lets us see some “fly on the wall” views of the shoot and becomes an adequate exploration.

Location Scouting lasts two minutes, 11 seconds and presents a view of attempts to find places to film the segment. It offers another moderately engaging segment.

Finally, Storyboards and Blocking Rehearsals goes for four minutes, 53 seconds and gives us added behind the scenes material. Expect a good clip.

A Gag Reel occupies two minutes, 15 seconds and provides typical fare – some of which we already saw with the “Gawkers” outtakes. Nothing interesting emerges.

A second disc gives us a DVD copy of 99. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.

An inconsistent horror anthology, V/H/S/99 occasionally sparks to life. However, this occurs infrequently, so the end product fails to satisfy most of the time. The Blu-ray comes with appropriate visuals, generally good audio and a mix of bonus materials. Maybe the next V/H/S will work better.

Viewer Film Ratings: 2 Stars Number of Votes: 1
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