Pulse (2006)

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Released 7-Feb-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Horror Featurette-Making Of-Creating the fear
Featurette-Making Of-The Special effects of Pulse
Featurette-Pulse and the Paranormal
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 84:13
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jim Sonzero
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Kristen Bell
Ian Somerhalder
Christina Milian
Rick Gonzalez
Jonathan Tucker
Samm Levine
Octavia Spencer
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $32.95 Music Elia Cmiral


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Pulse is based on the Japanese horror movie Kairo and centers on a group of students who discover that a friend of theirs has unwittingly pirated a strange wireless signal that opened a doorway to another dimension allowing a terrifying evil to cross over into our world. As it spreads, everyone in its path is consumed, and the students must race to find a way to stop it.

    Much Like The Ring and The Grudge, Pulse is a remake of a Japanese horror movie. The Japanese version was a genuinely creepy and disturbing movie. This remake however is your typical glossy no substance Hollywood product that tries too hard to scare its audience. Typical of Hollywood, particularly in the horror genre, is the need for scriptwriters to have the main characters state the obvious denying the audience the use of their intelligence. There is a reason why certain horror films need to revel in the unexplained, and that's why the original which was often incomprehensible and disjointed worked so well.

    Add to this some awful dialogue and sub-par acting combined with gratuitous overuse of CGI and you have a film that squanders whatever promise it may have had. Adding insult to injury is the total lack of any nudity — something even the worst 1980s horror films knew they had to provide. All in all a very disappointing experience. My suggestion is check out the original instead.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Pulse is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2:35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer presented by Roadshow is simply excellent. The picture has a very sharp image that is basically faultless. Shadow levels are spot on with strong detailed images and solid blacks. There is not a hint of low level noise or compression artefacts. Grain is just as scarce.

    Colours are intentionally muted and add an otherworldly feel to the on screen drama.

    There are no film or video artefacts to speak of.

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Audio

    The film has been given a strong English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.

Dialogue is always clear and never loses clarity during the on screen mayhem that overflows the film's soundtrack. There are no audio sync problems with this transfer.

    The film's music is more than appropriate and enhances the on screen action with panache.

    The 5.1 surround channel usage is excellent. Directional sound fields are given a tremendous workout. This is most apparent in the rear channels. Sound effects are hurled from one side of the room to the other with barely a lull in the action. A first rate 5.1 mix.

    The subwoofer gives a solid reverberation base to the proceedings.

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Extras

Two audio commentary tracks

    The first of two coma inducing commentaries has director Sonzero and special makeup effects designer Gary Tunnicliffe discussing the film. Sonzero is under the apprehension he has made a masterpiece and feels the need to share his opinion. Complete waste of time. The second commentary features producers Mike Leahy and Joel Soisson along with visual effects supervisor Kevin O'Neil, editor Kirk Morri, line producer Ron Vecchiarelli and actor Sam Levine. Only slightly better than track one, and that's due to Levine who decides to make fun of the production crew. Again skip it unless you are a die hard fan.

Deleted and additional scenes

Several unused scenes and extensions. There is nothing here deserving of inclusion, which is very sad considering the very short running time of the film.

Creating the Fear: Making Pulse

    A seven-minute making off featurette focusing on the production crew. Not very well made, full of congratulatory back slapping and completely un-interesting.

The Visual Effects of Pulse

    A six-minute focus on the special effects. Far more interesting than the prior self-congratulatory love fest.

Pulse and the Paranormal

    A look at the idea that the dead can communicate with the living via electromagnetic energy. If you are into this type of phenomena there are a number of so called experts interviewed on the subject, which is far more interesting than the film itself.

Censorship

    There is censorship information available for this title. Click here to read it (a new window will open). WARNING: Often these entries contain MAJOR plot spoilers.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This title was released in R1 as an unrated version, but it is not clear yet whether the Region 4 DVD is also uncut.

Summary

    Pulse is another casualty in a long line of recent substandard Hollywood remakes. The disc looks and sounds fine, and for those desperate fans looking for extras, Roadshow has provided the goods.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component output
DisplayLG 42" High Definition Plasma with built in High Definition Tuner. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
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Agreed a hundred percent, but... - UberAspie
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