It’s all fun and games until someone gets stabbed with a tire iron. When a pledge week prank goes terribly wrong and one of their own is killed, the popular, hard-partying sisters of Theta Pi vow never to speak of the tragedy again. But the past comes back to haunt them in the form of a homicidal maniac seeking revenge during the out-of-control graduation festivities.

Studio: Summit Entertainment
Year: 2009
Release Date: February 23, 2010
Run time: 101 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

Over the past decade, this business of remaking(or ‘reimagining’or whatever you choose to call it) old slasher films seems to have taken on a life of its own. The results have been mixed. You get some, like ‘When A Stranger Calls’, that eliminate most of the overt violence to secure a PG-13 rating. Then you get others, as in ‘Black Christmas’, who get a bit carried away in the opposite direction. (The Black Christmas remake basically centers around a girl who likes to pluck out people’s eyeballs and gobble them up.) The remake of ‘Prom Night’ features what is, perhaps, the least intimidating killer in cinematic history.

Having said this, I think that ‘Sorority Row’ is easily the best of the remakes that I’ve seen listed above. It stays true to the traditions of its genre. You get most of the conventional elements-the earlier, precipitating event, the mysterious killer, the reasonable body count, an enclosed, intimate location for the killer to operate. And, of course, you get boatloads of extremely unsympathetic young people for the killer to vent his frustrations upon.

If I had to voice a complaint, it would center around the excessive number of party scenes. Now, I know that, when a movie has the word ‘sorority’ in the title, you can anticipate seeing a lot of spoiled rich kids drinking and fornicating. However, once you establish that a party is in progress, that’s about as far as you can take that idea. It winds up detracting from the movie.
Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. This is a very atmospheric film and it shows in the print quality throughout. I found the image to be very strong with no apparent issues. The detailed transfer is intentionally soft in some areas during flashbacks but deep colored during non flashback scenes. The yellow and brown hues are a dominant color during the flashbacks giving this film an even more creepy feel.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The audio mix is offers some decent range into the soundfield. This is more of a front heavy experience, especially during the scenes when it is raining as they push forward. I do think that a film like this could have taken advantage of the soundfield a bit more due to the sound effects alone. Bass management had a bit of an issue, it was lacking an real punch. Dialogue was clean through the center channel with no apparent issues.
Audio Quality: 9/5

Special Features

  • PiP Video Commentary w/ Director
  • Sorority Secrets: Stories from the Set [HD]
  • Killer 101 [HD]
  • Kill Switch [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Outtakes [HD]

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

All in all, though, this film is a breath of fresh air. What I mean by that is, it is advertised as a slasher film, and that’s what you get. Very much a throwback to the classics from the 80’s. For all practical purposes, this is a traditional slasher movie. The film on Blu-ray offers excellent video and audio quality which will not disappoint.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10