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The Forest (Blu-Ray)

The Movie

Sara (Natalie Dormer) receives a phone call from a Japanese Police Officer saying that her twin sister, Jess (Also played by Natalie Dormer) is missing.  She (Natalie Dormer) travels to Japan to find answers about her sister’s whereabouts.  A school girl tells Sara that her sister has traveled to the infamous suicide forest – Aokigahara (Sea of Trees) located at the base of Mt. Fuji.  A women (at the Visitor Center) warns her to stay on the path and not to go into the forest because she has sadness in her heart.  Will Sara find her twin sister or will she be yet another victim of the forest?

Directed By: Jason Zada

Written By: Nick Antosca, Sarah Cornwell, and Ben Ketai

Starring: Natalie Dormer, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt, Osamu Tanpopo, Yasuo Tobishima, Ibuki Kaneda, Akiko Iwase, and More.

Genres: Horror, Mystery, and Thriller

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Audio

  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Video

  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Original Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Special Features

  • Exploring The Forest
  • Feature Commentary with Director, Jason Zada

Final Thoughts

I want to first start off and say this film seriously made me want to go to JAPAN!!  I would love to see the sites and would definitely like to visit this ‘suicide forest’ to see what’s it about.  The stories don’t scare me but do I dare?  Considering that I might not make it out alive.  But hey, it would make an interesting place to visit!  I am familar with Natalie Dormer who played Anne Boleyn in The Tudors and I was curious to see her in a different role as I absolutely adore her as Anne (The Tudors).   Natalie Dormer did an exceptional job as a twin searching for her sister and showing the effects the forest had on her character.  The film did have that element where a twin can sense the other twin which I thought was cool.  I’d have to admit I did jump at some parts and there were a few twists and turns. The locations where they filmed is a beautiful calm before the storm (considering what might live in this forest!) . I don’t want to give too much away, so you’ll definitely have to see it for yourselves!  Catch The Forest out on Blu-ray/DVD on April 12th.