After unexpectedly inheriting a mysteriously abandoned coastal property, Ben packs up his family and travels to explore the place, bewildered about why his mother had never mentioned its existence. However, her reason for secrecy soon becomes clear when the family accidentally frees the ancient, long-dormant creature that had terrorized the entire region for generations—including Ben’s own parents.
For in-depth thoughts on The Tank, please see my colleague Lane Mills’ review from its original theatrical release here.
The Tank comes to Blu-Ray with a top notch AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1. While the film spends a significant amount of time in shadows or complete darkness with only ambient light to assist, the picture remains clear with only brief instances of murkiness in the most unyielding environments. The transfer retains an impressive level of detail in subtle aspects of the house and the forest. Discrete details such as water scum provide texture that is richly defined here.
The color palette runs a bit on the cooler side of the spectrum, but this may be more a symptom of setting the story in the overcast Pacific Northwest. Natural hues saturate the frame in the natural greens of the foliage and certain pieces of production design. Black levels do not appear to suffer from crush and skin tones are natural throughout. The film sports some sumptuous cinematography thanks to the area of the country the story is set in. Well Go USA has done a really lovely job.
The film comes to Blu-Ray with a great DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track. One of the most unexpected strengths of this feature is the moving score from Max Aruj that gives the experience a really grandiose feeling. Dialogue and sound effects are balanced efficiently with the score where nothing gets overshadowed in the track. The movie brings environmental sounds to life effectively such as the sounds of creatures sleeking through the water. Surround channels get some nice activity in both active moments and more low key outings. The low end of the track is especially active during attacks and other thrilling moments. This track does everything it needs to do without breaking a sweat. There are optional English SDH subtitles provided.
- A Look Into The Tank: A three-and-a-half minute piece in which the cast and creative team discuss the ideas behind the narrative, what attracted the performers to the project, how the characters respond to their situations, the look of the water tank and more.
- Making The Creature: A nearly six-minute piece in which the creative team discusses their approach to the design of the creatures, physically making the pieces and more.
- Trailer: The two-minute trailer is provided for The Tank. There are also trailers provided for Bone Cold, Forgotten Experiment and The Siege.
The Tank is a surprisingly decent creature feature which sports a few weaknesses but handily delivers when it needs to. It is a bit frustrating to have the father figure be such a dope when it comes to handling the situation, but the movie somewhat makes up for this by having a well developed female lead who kicks butt while backing things up with science. The practical nature of the effects likewise increase the enjoyment throughout. The story is not breaking any new ground, and it does fall into some lame tropes, but there is more here to like than not. Well Go USA Entertainment has delivered a great A/V presentation and a small assortment of special features. If you are a creature feature fan, you could definitely do a lot worse. Recommended
The Tank will be available to purchase on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 27, 2023.
Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the Blu-Ray.
Disclaimer: Well Go USA Entertainment has supplied a copy of this disc free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.
Dillon is most comfortable sitting around in a theatre all day watching both big budget and independent movies.