Man of her dreams movie As a

Man of her dreams movie

As a Blu-ray release, the transfer appropriately reproduces the grim look of the film, though the soundtrack and supplements are no great shakes. Worth a rent for diehard genre fans, but Ill wait for the Blu-ray release of The Ring instead, thank you very much. All disc reviews at High-Def Digest are completed using the best consumer HD home theater products currently on the market. More about our gear. Puzzled by the technical jargon in our reviews, or wondering how we assess and rate HD DVD and Blu-ray discs? Learn about our review methodology. Copyright 2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All rights reserved. English PCM 1 Surround 48kHz/16-Bit English Dolby Digital 1 Surround French Dolby Digital 1 Surround Spanish Dolby Digital 1 Surround Reviewed by Peter M. Bracke As I write this, The Grudge 2 has just opened to the tune of a 22 million box office weekend. Hardly a small number, but something of a comedown not only for the franchise, but for the wave of Japanese man of her dreams movie film remakes that has flooded Hollywood recently. Perhaps the barely-respectable opening for The Grudge 2 is a curtain call for the niche genre the films final gross is certain to be a far cry from the 100 million-plus The Ring and the original Grudge scared up a few years back. Perhaps the era of the screaming dead kid in the bathtub is finally over maybe reimaginings of unseen low-budget Swedish snuff flicks are next? In any case, youd have to think back pretty hard to the summer of 2005 to remember Dark Water. A perfectly respectable studio entry in the Japanese redux sweepstakes, it nevertheless sank without a trace at the worldwide box office. Its a polished and well-made if unusually depressing and turgid affair. As dank as sewage and about as much fun, Dark Water reminds us that in horror, oppressive atmosphere and scares can only take you so far. If you dont have at least some glimmer of humanity to your story, audiences wont leave the theater with that all-important, post-fade-to-black sense of uplift and your film wont make any money. Meet Dahlia Williams Jennifer Connelly. Haunted by the death of her abusive mother, and bruised and battered by her pending divorce to Kyle Dougray Scott, she is hoping to start a new life with her five-year-old daughter Ceci Ariel Gade. Unfortunately, apartment space for lower-class divorcees in New York is hard to come by, so Dahlia grabs the only rental she can find in a dilapidated old residential complex. Soon persistent leads of dark water, mysterious noises and ominous sightings begin to plague the family. Growing obsessed, Dahlia begins to piece together the murderous past of the abandoned complex. But is Dahlia seeing ghosts of past residents, or is she just going crazy? I had two major problems with Dark Water. The first is that however well-acted and competently directed by Brazilian Walter Salles, making his American feature film debut the narrative is dramatically inert. Im all for atmosphere and a slow build-up, and I admire the film for taking its time to establish place and character, but after nearly 75 minutes of wound-up tension, the release had better be good or disappointment is inevitable. Unfortunately, we dont get much in the way of a satisfying reveal in Dark Water. Most problematic is that Dahlias backstory is far too thinly sketched to have much impact, so it becomes almost impossible to understand her motives. Connelly is also a bit too subdued here though a fine actress, she underplays Dahlias growing madness almost to the point of obfuscation. This lady is so damn depressed and we never know why I just wanted to give her a bottle of sleeping pills so the movie would end already. But my biggest gripe is the derivative iconography of all of these Japanese horror remakes. Once youve seen one creepy mute kid in the hallway, or an overflowing bathtub filled with ghost hair, youve seen them all. I also hark back to a 1979 film called The Changeling. This underrated little gem starred George C. Scott as a widower who, after being visited by the apparition of a dead boy, must work to solve his murder and release his tortured spirit. If that plot sounds vaguely familiar, it is because it seems like The Ring and The Grudge and Dark Water all ripped it off. Im only man of her dreams movie to man of her dreams movie Dark Water a barely passable grade because diehard genre fans may still want to give it a rent based on pure atmosphere alone. But while this stuff may have been creepy once, or even twice, by the time we get to the climax of Dark Water, it is almost impossible to imagine that the filmmakers actually believed wed fall for it again. Dark Water was released in both the theatrical PG-13 and an Unrated version on standard-def DVD, but alas we only get the 105-minute theatrical cut here. Truth be told, the Unrated version was hardly any scarier, but still this is Blu-ray, and we should get the coolest version of the flick available. That said, this is a very solid 35:1 widescreen, 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer. Dark Water may be the most beautifully-photographed bad-looking movie ever, and I was generally impressed with the stability and consistency of this image. The source material is in excellent shape, with perfect blacks and intentionally muted if strong contrast across the entire grayscale. Granted, colors are confined to various shades of bile green, vomit yellow and poopy brown, but they are free of any apparent smearing or chroma noise. Detail ends up being quite good all things considered the transfer boasts a visible sense of depth throughout.

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