|Category||Horror||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - Jamie Blanks (Director), Michael Rosenbaum (Actor), Silvio Horta (Screenwriter)|
|Running Time||95:38 minutes||Other Extras||Cast Filmographies
Featurette - Behind The Scenes (6 mins)
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, mildly|
The cast is a well-balanced ensemble cast, and pretty much anybody could be the killer - at least until they die. I certainly didn't pick the ending at all, and got plenty of scares along the way.
The transfer was razor sharp and crystal clear. There are a lot of scenes with dramatic differences in brightness, such as with flashes of lightning, and these are all rendered perfectly, with no blooming. The amount of detail revealed in this transfer is spectacular at times, with every little nuance of detail being immaculately rendered. Shadow detail was excellent, with plenty of details visible in the darker scenes, except where the director didn't want details to be seen. There was no low level noise.
The colours were perfectly rendered, with spot-on flesh tones, and perfect colour saturation.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. There were no film-to-video artefacts seen. There were no film artefacts seen.
There are three audio tracks on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, and the English Audio Commentary track, in Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded sound. The default soundtrack is the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. I listened to both the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and to the English Audio Commentary soundtrack.
Dialogue was always very clear and very easy to understand.
There were no audio sync problems, even with dialogue that was ADRed.
The score by Christopher Young was perfectly matched to the movie, with the appropriate shocks being delivered at the appropriate times, and with the music enhancing the moods of various scenes.
The surround channels were aggressively used, but in a subtle fashion. There was lots of ambience and lots of music placed in the surrounds, as well as the occasional special effect. Split surround effects were utilized at times for more precise sound placement in the soundfield. The overall effect of this soundtrack was to envelop and immerse the viewer in the movie, without ever becoming distracting or calling attention to itself. Top marks for this surround design.
The .1 channel was moderately active, and was an excellent enhancement to the soundtrack. Once again, it was superbly integrated into the overall soundtrack.
The only downside is that they refer to deleted scenes
as if they were present on the DVD as an extra - unfortunately, they are
not present, neither on the Region 4 disc nor on the Region 1 disc, so
it appears as if they had to be left off for some reason, which is a great
[Addendum 11th September 1999: I have been told that the featurette on the Region 1 version of this disc is longer than the featurette on the Region 4 version of this disc, and that it contains the deleted scenes referred to in the audio commentary.]
The video quality is superb, and is of reference quality.
The audio quality is superb, and is of reference quality.
The extras are excellent.
© Michael Demtschyna
12th August 1999
Amended 11th September 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|