Jeepers Creepers (2001)

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Released 2-Jul-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Horror Menu Animation & Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Egypt
Theatrical Trailer
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 86:57
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (47:39) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Victor Salva
Studio
Distributor
Capitol Films
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Justin Long
Gina Philips
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $34.95 Music Bennet Salvay


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, the truck re-appears at the end of the credits.

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Plot Synopsis

    Jeepers Creepers has been one of the most debated horror movies of recent times. Some think that it is a modern classic of the genre, others that it is a pathetic, derivative, entry that should never have been made, and a lot of this discussion has been clouded by the criminal record of writer-director Victor Salva. There are many who suggest that he should never have been allowed behind a camera, and this has certainly affected their judgement of the film (there have even been web sites set up counting the number of "homo-erotic references" in this film).

    The story of Jeepers Creepers is the tale of typical brother and sister, Darry (Justin Long) and Trisha (Gina Philips) Jenner, who happen upon horrific circumstances. The pair are driving home for spring break through an isolated part of the state (it was filmed in Florida, but the state is never mentioned), when they are nearly run off the road by a maniac in an old truck, who speeds off ahead after passing them. Soon however, they see the old truck again with a man standing behind it throwing what look like bodies down an old tube. Problem is, he sees them too, and gives chase, this time actually running them off the road. Then, in typical horror movie fashion, the pair head back to the pipe to investigate what lies at the bottom - and what they find is the stuff of nightmares. From there the chase is on, as they try to flee the unspeakable evil that drives the old truck.

    Jeepers Creepers is a horror movie in the "old style" - there are none (well, there is one, but it really doesn't count) of the post-modern horror references used liberally by the likes of the Scream, or I Know... series. This is all about isolation, building tension, and unstoppable foes. The characters, as always in a horror movie, make the fatal flaw that dooms them, and as always they wonder why the bad guy is interested in them. There are a few things about Jeepers Creepers that aren't so great - the back story of the truck driver consists of about a minute's worth of explanatory dialogue from a character that seems to have been specifically created to explain things, and the motivations of the "explainer" character are never really explored at all. In most other ways, this is a vastly superior effort to almost all other horror that has come out in the last few years, especially the teen horror/slasher films. This is a tense and disturbing experience that is what horror is all about - being horrific!

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer for Jeepers Creepers is of a decent quality, although the relatively low budget nature of the film is quite apparent.

    Presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, this transfer is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is relatively sharp, although not bleedingly so. There is a moderate amount of grain present in this film, and it becomes quite noticeable at times, particularly in low light conditions, such as the shots of Darry from the base of the pipe between 20:44 and 21:14, and as the smoke roils off at 47:10. Shadow detail is good without being spectacular. As a very large portion of the movie takes place at night, this does cause some problems, although a large part of the problem is the source material - the shadow detail for the theatrical run of Jeepers Creepers was not much better, if at all. There is no low level noise present in the transfer.

    Colours are very good. The greens and yellows of the summertime fields are displayed with their full beauty, and the brighter colours of the characters' clothing are rendered equally as well.

    There are no compression artefacts in this transfer, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for film artefacts. The print is constantly flecked with them, and while none are particularly large, they do become quite annoying. It is a bad omen really that the entire first shot of the movie, from 1:07 to 1:59 is marked with a black line running the height of the image. This is likely to be an original source issue however, as the same line is present on the Region 1 version of this disc. An amusing note is the black blob that occurs at 9:09 appears to be a fly flitting near the camera and not a film artefact at all. There are only a few instances of aliasing, although when it occurs on the car grille (between 16:16 and 16:22) it is rather distracting.

    The subtitles are quite accurate, are nicely rendered and easy to read, and are well paced. In the typical Roadshow style they are placed (where possible) under the character saying the line.

    This is an RSDL formatted disc with the layer change occurring at 47:39 during Chapter 14. It is quite well placed, as it occurs when the screen is totally black, although the cessation of the ambient surround still draws attention to it.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    This is a very good audio transfer, but with one major flaw.

    There are two audio tracks present on this disc, being the original English dialogue available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 (at 448 Kbps), and DTS 5.1 (at 768 Kbps).

    The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times. There are no problems with the mixing level of the dialogue, ambient effects, and score, with each being well proportioned to the other.

    The major problem with the soundtrack is audio sync. The entire soundtrack, both in Dolby Digital and DTS, is affected to some degree, with the DTS track faring marginally worse than the Dolby Digital. There are some instances, such as between 6:27 and 6:41 where it is quite obvious, but paying too much attention to the lip movements at any time during the transfer still gives the sense of it not being quite right. It is fortunate that much of the movie takes place in the dark, for once the shadows descend, the audio sync problem has a far smaller impact on the film than it does in the brightly lit conditions.

    The score for Jeepers Creepers is credited to Bennet Salvay, and is a fairly good effort. It does grate on more than a few occasions for the fairly clichéd way in which it is used, and the very 70s/80s like use of strange sound effects to build tension, but as annoying as it can become, it still does build the tension, so it is doing its job.

    The surround channels get quite a good workout during this film, performing quite nicely during the action sequences and staying alive at most times to provide ambient surround and to support the score. There are a few occasions when the soundfield collapses to the front channels, and a few action sequences where the soundfield is very frontal when it really should not be, but these are the exception rather than the rule.

    The subwoofer generally does not have that much to do, only being called on to back a few of the lower frequency effects sounds (gunfire and the like).

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The extras available on this disc are very disappointing, consisting of only a trailer. When compared to the R1, this is a major failing.

Menu

    The menu is animated, themed around the film, and features a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. It is 16x9 enhanced.

Theatrical Trailer (1:50)

    This is presented at 1.85:1, is 16x9 enhanced, and features a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack. It presents a good sense of what the movie is, without giving too much away, and is of a similar quality to the main feature, albeit a little darker.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     Considering that there is no difference between the Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks, and the problems with audio sync in both the soundtracks on the Region 4 disc, the Region 1 is the only way to go if you are interested in obtaining a copy of this film.

Summary

    Jeepers Creepers is a very good horror movie in the traditional style. It is an experience in building tension, and in being truly unsettled.

    The video quality is good without being spectacular, although for the most part that would seem to be due to source related problems, as the Region 1 looks exactly the same.

    The audio quality is good, but suffers from audio sync problems that range from subtle to pronounced, but last for most of the film.

    There are almost no extras at all, which is even more disappointing when it is considered that the Region 1 contains over an hour of extra material in addition to an audio commentary.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Nick Jardine (My bio, it's short - read it anyway)
Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Review Equipment
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DisplayLoewe Xelos 5381ZW. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
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AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS787, THX Select
SpeakersAll matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)

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Comments (Add)
perhaps the only one who hated this film - trapper
No, I did not like this film at all - Rod W (Suss out my biography if you dare)
F*** this Region - Anon REPLY POSTED
creeper features - DarkEye (This bio says: Death to DNR!)
Well at least they gave us dts. - Ericb