Scantum sacrifices good storytelling for melodrama and special effects. I found myself thinking about the similar 2005 horror film The Descent, which was decidedly mediocre, and thinking, “Wow, I’d legitimately rather watch that again than even finish watching this.”
Now in stores, the Sanctum DVD does offer some behind-the-scenes extras that will intrigue those who are particularly interested in the technical aspect of film production. The technical mumbo jumbo is, after all, how Cameron and his crew save their films from being contrived duds (though, in this case, that might be generous to say). But if you’re not so interested in green screens and motion capture, these extras just might put you to sleep.
The DVD includes deleted scenes, most of which were scrapped for obvious reasons. There is one exception however: an expanded version of a scene used in the film, but only in a heavily edited form and then only as a brief (and seemingly out of place) flashback at the very end. Additionally, some of the deleted scenes that incorporated green screen and other special effects were not fully finished, and now provide a peek behind the curtain at the reality behind creating the exotic setting of the film. While it is interesting to see what computers can accomplish in films these days, these technical behind-the-scenes looks are confusing at first, especially for someone who isn’t as familiar with such things.
The DVD also includes the typical commentary track, which includes the voices of Director Alister Grierson, Actor Rhys Wakefield and Co-Writer/Producer Andrew Wight. Overall, the DVD does have at least one potentially interesting aspect, which is “Sanctum: The Real Story.” But I doubt that’s enough to recommend this package, unless you somehow really enjoyed the dreck…