The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 – Blu-ray Review
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 is a 2016 Australian science fiction film that was directed by Shane Abbess and stars Daniel MacPherson, Kellan Lutz, and Rachel Griffiths.
Taking place during a time of interplanetary colonization, Sy Lombrok (played by Lutz), who is a former nurse is now a drifter with a haunted past, forms an unlikely alliance with Kane Sommerville (Daniel Macpherson), a lieutenant who works for off-world military contractor Exor. In a race against time, they both set out to rescue Kane’s young daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) amid an impending global crisis precipitated by Exor.
Shooting for the film took place in Coober Pedy in South Australia and Gladesville and Sydney in New South Wales. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 was released in the US at Fantastic Fest in September 2016. It also premiered in Australia at the Gold Coast Film Festival on April 21, 2017.
The Film Itself (2.5/5):
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 is a film that has a decent amount of promise after you sit down and read the synopsis. Unfortunately, the film really wasn’t all that great. A lot of the overall discomfort that my wife and I had with this movie was a direct result from either the lack of experience or the lack of dedication that the cast had towards their roles in this film. The story that we’re given with this movie really is a good one, and while it holds up very well as it moves onward, the overall poor execution caused for a less than favorable experience.
Picture Quality (5/5):
Presented in 1080p, The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 looked absolutely beautiful as it played out across my living room television. Offering absolutely no visual distortion at all, we are given a crystal clear look into this semi-fantasy world. Some of the more notable sequences that really stood out were those that involved the spaceships; in fact, one of my absolute favorite sequences of this film was the dogfight scene. Even in the scenes that featured less than your standard amount of lighting, there was more than enough ambient lighting to make up for it allowing audiences to clearly see and understand what was happening.
Audio Quality (3.5/5):
Packaged with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track, The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 does as much as possible to offer an all out immersive experience for its viewers; however it felt as if there could have been a lot more work done on the audio track. While the audio definitely came out of all of the available channels, it could have done a significantly better job at its utilization of those channels in placing the audience in the middle of everything. In fact, this film would’ve absolutely shined had it been packaged with an Atmos audio track as there were more than a handful of sequences that would’ve done a really great job with the inclusion of the elevation aspect.
The Packaging (3/5):
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 comes packaged in your standard two-disc Blu-ray amaray case. Within that case is the standard Blu-ray copy of the film as well as the standard DVD copy of the film. Each of the two discs feature a piece of artwork that is relative to the film and are different from each other. The DVD artwork matches that of the case art. There are no digital copy redemption pamphlets for this release; however, a slipcover has been provided during the initial release.
Special Features (4/5):
I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of items and the content that’s been provided on the Blu-ray release of The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1. There are a handful of items that allow audiences to further explore the film and the work that went into making this film available. Unfortunately, there are no commentaries available with this film. Included with this release is:
- Making The Osiris Child
- Deleted Scenes
- The Visual Effects
- Mama I Miss You So Music Video
- Photo Gallery
- Concept Art Gallery
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio: (coming soon)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English SDH, Spanish, French
Original Film: 99 minutes
Overall, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to sit down and give The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 a shot. While the movie had a really strong premise that I found to be enjoyable, I felt that the overall execution was lacking and that the actors were really lacking and caused my wife and I to have a less than positive experience. The overall visual and audible experience that the Blu-ray was nicely done. Unfortunately, the audio track does leave more to be asked for as it could’ve made better use of the channels at play to do a better job at placing its viewers in the middle of everything. There’s a decent amount of additional content that’s been provided that offers a behind the scenes look into the film. If you’re considering grabbing this movie for your collection, I’d recommend waiting a little bit for it to go on sale before picking it up. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Vol. 1 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning on December 5.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.