When African-American Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) agrees to spend the weekend in the country with his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), visiting her wealthy parents, he can't help but feel nervous about how they will react to his presence. Despite being welcomed with open arms by neurosurgeon Dean (Bradley Whitford) and psychiatrist Missy (Catherine Keener), Chris is still left feeling uneasy by the subdued behaviour of their black servants. The next day, things get even more uncomfortable when Chris finds himself the centre of attention at a rather unusual family gathering…
Like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre before it, writer-director Jordan Peele's debut feature finds its horrors in reflecting the cultural neuroses of the United States at the time in which it has been made. As the synopsis above makes abundantly clear, the issue in Get Out is one of racial tension, with Peele taking several very real concerns of the African-American community and reflecting them back at his audience in a way that is smart, unsettling, imaginative, horrifying and funny.
A remarkably assured and effective debut feature, Get Out has one more thing in common with those horror classics mentioned above: it's an undeniable genre masterpiece. It also marks Peele out as a rare talent who should have a very bright future ahead of him. We can't wait to see what he does next.
Picture: It may not be the sort of encode that you'll use to show off your system to friends and family, but Get Out still receives a rock-solid presentation on Blu-ray. Framed at 2.40:1, the 1080p image is loaded with fine textures in even the lowest light levels. Blacks are deep and inky. The colour palette may not be particularly flashy, but it is robust and accurately rendered at all times.
Picture rating: 4.5/5
Audio: The Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is an absolute joy. Despite the somewhat subdued nature of the first part of the movie, the mix always delivers an immersive ambient soundscape. And when it comes to crafting scares the soundtrack proves just as accomplished, with more expansive dynamic effects underscored by a rich bed-rock of room-filling bass.
Audio rating: 4.5/5
Extras: Jordan Peele provides plenty of background info in his solo commentary for the film, and does the same duty on optional tracks for the disc's 11 deleted scenes and an alternate ending. Other goodies take the form of a nine-minute Making of… featurette and a five-minute Q&A with Peele and some of the cast.
Extras rating: 3/5
We say: Jordan Peele's modern horror masterpiece comes highly recommended on Blu-ray.
Get Out, Universal Pictures, All-region BD, £25
HCC VERDICT: 4.5/5
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