Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween (2007) Blu-ray Review

Halloween (2007) Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
Halloween comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer. The video presentation was better than I expected, with a good amount of detail and strong black levels. The film is very dark, so it's not the most colorful transfer, but the majority of colors used in the film were quite strong. Grain was present throughout but never felt intrusive, and ultimately welcomed. Halloween looks great. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and it sounds fantastic. I felt the audio track was very strong, and very dynamic. The film's dialogue was nice and clear, and the music gave me chills as it made fantastic use of the surround speakers. I love horror films on Blu-ray, as the lossless audio really provides a lot more to the film. The film really comes to life, with every scare sounding incredible. Halloween sounds fantastic, and horror fans will love it. 9/10.

Extras

Disc One:
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Rob Zombie
Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary On Select Scenes) (22:19)
Alternate Ending (With Optional Commentary) (3:45) (SD)
Bloopers (10:18) (SD)
The Many Masks Of Michael Myers (6:26) (SD)
Re-Imagining Halloween (19:11) (SD)
Meet The Cast (18:16) (SD)
Casting Sessions (29:52) (SD)
Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test (Lauria Strode) (7:47) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:00) (SD)
BD-Live (Not Live At The Time Of Writing)

Disc Two
:
Michael Lives: The Making Of Halloween (4:20:00) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
Halloween (2007) is a very good film to be honest, I love what Rob Zombie has done with Halloween, but I also love the original. I try not to compare them much, as each provides a different take, but enjoy each quite immensely. There are a few scenes many viewers might find disturbing, so I would recommend a rental for first viewers who think they may not be able to handle some things as well as others. The Blu-ray presentation is great, with great video and audio, and a ton of supplements. The second disc is a very in-depth making of, which I enjoyed very much, and it's really the highlight of the features. Overall Halloween is 'Recommended.'

Carrie Blu-ray Review

Carrie Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Carrie comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-2 video presentation. I was very underwhelmed by the transfer to be honest. The transfer was very soft, lacked detail, and colors never popped too much either. That's not to say the film isn't an improvement over the DVD, as it did show improvement. Close-up shots managed to show off more of the Blu-ray benefit, but wide shots were no where near as impressive. I can't imagine the film looking much better considering the genre and age of the film. 6/10.

Audio
MGM has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, which sounded quite good. Dialogue was nice and clear, and the fim's creepy music and effects made a decent use of the surround speakers. I was mostly surprised how clear everything sounded considering it's age and genre. After The Amityville Horror, I wasn't sure what to expect from Carrie, but I was pleasantly surprised with the audio track. 8/10.

Extras
Carrie Theatrical Trailer (2:06) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
Carrie is one of those films I completely forgot about since the last time I viewed the film, watching the film on Blu-ray reminded me how entertaining the film is. The film is not amazing by any means, but it's just fun and pretty disturbing as well. It's just one of those films that will be remembered forever, it's just a fun classic horror flick. The Blu-ray is weak on the video, but quite good int he audio department. The extras are definitely lacking though, which hopefully will not be an issue with future MGM Blu-ray releases. Overall Carrie is 'Worth A Rental.'

The Amityville Horror Blu-ray Review

The Amityville Horror Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
The Amityville Horror comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer. The presentation is a mixed bag, but I didn't find it too bad. There were a few scenes that did look quite terrible, but were brief. The majority of scenes did have some good detail, and black levels were usually quite deep. The transfer was quite soft, but colors were pretty solid. The Amityville Horror is definitely won't impress, but overall I was pleased with the outcome. It's just one of those films that I couldn't imagine looking much better. 7/10.

Audio
MGM has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for the release, unfortunately it is very mediocre. The track felt very cheap, but a quick comparison with the DVD still had that same cheap feel. Dialogue was always easy to hear, but it never felt nice and clear as experienced with most lossless Blu-ray releases. Overall it felt like the source couldn't get much better, as it's very limited. 5/10.

Extras
The Amityville Horror Theatrical Trailer (2:29) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
The Amityville Horror is a very creepy film, very disturbing and very scary. I enjoyed the film quite a bit, but I can see the film being a mixed bag for many people. Regardless the film is considered a classic 70s horror flick that will go down in history and viewed for many many many years to come. The Blu-ray release is weak overall, with video being more impressive than the audio. The extras are definitely lacking, and let's hope this is one of the last discs to feature little to no extras from MGM. Overall the Blu-ray release is 'A Solid Rental.'

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sweeney Todd Blu-ray Review

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video
Sweeney Todd comes to Blu-ray with a fantastic 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The transfer is very impressive for this dark film, with detail being far stronger than I expected. The black levels on the release were deep and bold. Grain is minimal, and never felt intrusive more than a few seconds in the entire film. 'By The Sea' switches the dark style of the film for a more colorful outlook on life, and looks equally impressive with fantastic detail and vibrant colors. 9/10.

Audio
Paramount has included a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track for the release, and it sounds fantastic. Musicals on Blu-ray demand lossless audio, and luckily Paramount included one. Let's hope Paramount/Dreamworks eventually re-releases Dreamgirls with a lossless track, with the same message going to Warner for The Phantom Of The Opera. Dialogue is always very clear, and the music makes an amazing use of the surround speakers, each song sounded remarkable. Sweeney Todd is sure to please. 9/10.

Extras
Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd (26:08) (HD)
Sweeney Todd Press Conference, November 2007 (19:42) (SD)
Sweeney Todd Is Alive: The Real History Of The Demon Barber (20:08) (HD)
Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (12:05) (HD)
Sweeney's London (16:17) (HD)
The Making Of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (24:03) (SD)
Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition (19:16) (HD)
Designs For A Demon Barber (8:56) (HD)
A Bloody Business (8:53) (HD)
Moviefone Unscripted With Tim Burton And Johnny Depp (11:36) (SD)
The Razor's Refrain (8:40) (HD)
Photo Gallery (HD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:33) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
Tim Burton has created another piece of movie magic with the film, it has an enjoyable cast, not to mention an extremely entertaining story. Fans of musicals and fans of Burton should check out the film as soon as they can. The Blu-ray release is amazing, with impressive video and audio, as well as mostly high-definition extras. Sweeney Todd may not be for everyone, but overall I say 'Highly Recommended.'



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Diary Of The Dead Blu-ray Review

Diary Of The Dead Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Diary Of The Dead comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation, and looks quite good. The film has pretty strong black levles, and the transfer features quite a bit of pop. Colors were just what I was expecting, very solid, although never amazing. Detail was very good, and clarity was strong in both day and night scenes. I was left quite pleased, and quite impressed even with the presentation. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds very good. I love horror films, and experiencing them with lossless audio is quite the treat. The film is made in a documentary form, as the events had already happened and have been recorded. That being said, the surround speakers do get quite a use, with gunshots, and gore galore. Dialogue was nice and clear, and just as I expected. It's not the strongest track, but it fits the film well. 8/10.

Extras
Feature Commentary by Writer/Director George Romero, Director Of Photography Adam Swica, and Editor Michael Doherty.
Character Confessionals (19:47) (SD)
The First Week (4:23) (SD)
The Roots (2:06) (SD)
Familiar Voices (5:14) (SD)

For The Record: The Making Of Diary Of The Dead:
Master Of The Dead: Writer/Director George A. Romero (13:20) (SD)
Into The Camera: The Cast (17:07) (SD)
You Look Dead: Make-up Effects (10:58) (SD)
A New "Spin" On Death: Visual Effects (19:03) (SD)
A World Gone Mad: Photography & Design (20:25) (SD)

MySpace Contest Winners:
Grand Prize Winner:
The Final Day by Paul Del Vecchio (3:02) (SD)
First Prize Winners:
Deader Living Through Chemistry by Kern Saxton (3:05) (SD)
Opening Night Of The Living Dead by Shalena Oxley-Butler (3:16) (SD)
& Teller by Teller & Ezekiel Zabrowski (3:00) (SD)
Run For Your Life by Jesse Blanchard (1:43) (SD)

The Weinstein Company provides quite a few extras, although all were in standard definition. My favorite extra was the short but sweet making of feature, not to forget the make-up effects extra, showing how everything was done. The MySpace contest entries were also quite entertaining for the most part, and found myself enjoying each one at least a little. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary
Diary Of The Dead was not a perfect film, but I would definitely say it's awesome. I love the whole idea, I love the story, I love the cast, overall it was very well made. I felt the ending was a bit weak,although not too disappointing. The Blu-ray presentation is quite strong, leaving me definitely pleased with both the video and audio. The extras were also quite interesting as well, although high-def extras would have been a plus. Overall I would say 'Recommended.'



The Incredible Hulk Blu-ray Review

The Incredible Hulk Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video
The Incredible Hulk comes to Blu-ray with a stunning 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. I found the presentation to be stunning for the majority of the film. Black levels are very solid, and detail stays strong from start to finish. I was very impressed with how sharp everything was in the film, and the Blu-ray always has that 3D look we have come to expect from the best Blu-ray releases. There is really nothing to complain about with the transfer, as it is pretty much perfect. I cannot imagine ANYONE being disappointed with the film's high-def release. 10/10.

Audio
Universal has provided a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, and it sounds....Incredible! Dialogue was nice and clear, and never had to increase the volume despite the strong action scenes. The action in the film sounds remarkable, with every bit sounding so so clear and real. The scenes are already impressive to begin with, but add top notch picture quality and top notch audio, and you really just get chills as to how remarkable it really is. 10/10.

Extras
Digital Copy
Alternate Opening (2:34) (HD)
Deleted Scenes (42:45) (SD)
The Making of Incredible (Brought to you by Volkswagen) (29:54) (HD)
Becoming The Hulk (9:22) (HD)
Becoming The Abomination (10:16) (HD)
Anatomy of a Hulk-Out (27:50) (HD)
From Comic Book to Screen (6:33) (HD)
Feature Commentary with Director Louise Leterrier and Tim Roth
Thunderbolt Files (U-Control)
Scene Explorer (U-Control)
Comic Book Gallery (U-Control)
Animated Comic (U-Control)
Picture in Picture (U-Control)

BD-Live
:
On Set with Cyril: The Film's Fight Choreographer
Spotlight on Tim Blake Nelson and Ty Burrell
My Scenes (Share scenes with friends via BD-Live)
My Chat (Chat with friends while viewing the film)

Blu-news Summary
The Incredible Hulk is a great release,and significantly better than Ang Lee's Hulk (2003). The story is great, and features a fantastic cast. The video and audio presentations are perfect, and really displays why we love Blu-ray so much. The extras are quite packed, with a bunch of HD extras, and many deleted scenes from the film. The Blu-ray release also features quite a bit of exclusive content. The Incredible Hulk on Blu-ray is a 'Must Own.'




Monday, October 20, 2008

Tinker Bell Blu-ray Review

Tinker Bell Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video
Tinker Bell comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The presentation really leaps off the screen from start to finish, with some gorgeous colors, and outstanding detail. Detail is very impressive, from every single strand of hair, to the textures of the plants and clothing. Colors are rich and bold, and never were unimpressive. The transfer definitely outshines many other other animated films I have considered some of the best, and this will definitely be new animated demo material for many people. 10/10.

Audio
Disney has included a 5.1 PCM (Uncompressed) audio track, which is quite strong. The film's music makes a great use of the surround speakers, dialogue tends to stay front and center, while staying very clear. Other than clear dialogue, and strong music, the audio presentation does not demand much. I didn't know what to expect from the audio presentation, but was left very pleased with the outcome. 8/10.

Extras
Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow (7:32) (HD)
Tinker Trainer
Ever Wonder (4:00) (HD)
'Fly To Your Heart' Music Video by Selena Gomez (3:14) (HD)
Deleted Scenes (With Optional Introductions By Director Bradley Ryamon And Producer Jeannine Roussel (12:57) (HD)
Creating Pixie Hollow (10:11) (HD)
BD-Live (BD-Live functions will be available on street date, October 28th)

Extras are all presented in high definition, including the music video, which have almost always been in standard definition in the past. The extras are mostly aimed at the kids, but adults should enjoy some of the features as well. BD-Live functions have yet to go live, but will feature the same functions provided on the Blu-ray release of Sleeping Beauty. 7/10.

DVD Comparison
I was able to compare the Blu-ray with the DVD version, and found the Blu-ray to be extremely superior. There is so much detail in the movie, that DVD could not ever come close to. Fans of the film should upgrade their DVD with out hesitation, as the transfer really does show a significant upgrade in both video and audio presentations of the film, as well as exclusive BD-Live features.

The DVD does not look bad, in fact colors are very strong, and overall presentation is very solid, the lack of detail is extremely noticeable though. There is so much to be seen, and Blu-ray is the only way to experience all that went into the film. DVD owners should upgrade with confidence.

Blu-news Summary
Tinker Bell is a fantastic film for kids and families, Yes the film is quite cheesy, but has a lot of heart, and one of the better direct-to-video Disney releases. The film will definitely entertain the kids, providing lots of laughs and lots of heart. The Blu-ray version blows the DVD version out of the water when it comes to detail, and overall presentation.

The audio track is very pleasing as well, with a good use of the surround speakers. Extras are more intended for the kids, although adults should enjoy some of the features as well. BD-Live will launch on October 28th for the release, in which Movie Chat as well as other things will become available. Tinker Bell on Blu-ray overall is 'Recommended'.



Friday, October 17, 2008

Otis Uncut Blu-ray Review

Otis: Uncut Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Otis comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The film is very low budget, and it shows. The transfer was quite soft, and lacked detail. There was also quite a bit of video noise, that felt annoying. It never felt DVD terrible, but as a Blu-ray presentation it just didn't impress.
5/10

Audio
Warner has provided an English Dolby TrueHD track, and while it does not sound great, I'm glad it was included. The audio was quite dull, with nothing ever impressing. Dialogue was quite clear, and never felt too quiet. The film's music managed to make a decent use of the surround speakers, but never really popped.
6/10

Extras
None
0/10

Blu-news Summary
Otis was a pretty dumb film, which was never scary or never funny, both of which it tried to do. The video presentation, as well as the audio presentations were both quite dull, and never managed to impress. There were no extras, which was surprising as the previous DVD release included a few. Overall I would suggest skipping the release, or just 'Give It A Rent.'




Friday, October 10, 2008

When We Left Earth: The Nasa Missions Blu-ray Review

When We Left Earth: The Nasa Missions Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
VIDEO
When We Left Earth comes to Blu-ray with a solid 1080i video presentation. It was definitely a mixed bag, but I could not have asked for a better presentation. The footage ranges from the beginning to current times of space travel. Interviews and more recent footage looked fantastic, while older material was not so appealing. It's hard to ask for something to look good though, when it was probably not that great to begin with. 6/10.

Disc One:
Ordinary Superman (48:16)
Friends And Rivals (49:11)

Disc Two:
Landing The Eagle (51:22)
The Explorers (49:15)

Disc Three:
The Shuttle (48:05)
A Home In Space (48:31)

AUDIO
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround is included, and sounds quite good. Narration is nice and clear, and any featured interviews were clear as well. Surround was not put to much use, although it did manage to make use during most shuttle launches. As a documentary series, I could not have asked for more though. 7/10.

Extras
Disc One:
Highlights From The NASA Film "Four Days Of Gemini 4" (6:35) (HD)

Interviews From NASA's Archives:
Michael Collins: Astronaut (3:33) (HD)
Joe Kozmo: Space Suit Engineer/Designer (2:25) (HD)

Mission Clips:
Mecury Training (2:41) (HD)
Ed White's Extravehicular Activity (3:26) (HD)
Gemini 6 And 7 Rendezvous (1:31) (HD)
Gemini 8 Docking With Agena (1:27) (HD)
Gemini 9 Docking Attempt (1:04) (HD)

Disc Two:
Highlights From The NASA Film: "Apollo 13: Houston, We've Got A Problem" (9:09) (HD)

Interviews From NASA's Archives:
Al Bean: Astronaut (3:09) (HD)
Gene Kranz: Flight Director (4:34) (HD)

Mission Clips:
Apollo 8: Launch & Stage Separation Sequences (1:58) (HD)
Apollo 8: Lunar & Earth Orbit (1:54) (HD)
Apollo 9: LM In Earth Orbit (1:00) (HD)
Apollo 11: Astronauts Return & Parade (1:30 (HD)
Apollo 16: Rover Test Drive (1:47) (HD)
Apollo 17: Night Launch (1:14) (HD)

Disc Three:
Highlights From The NASA Film: ''Skylab: The 40 First Days'' (7:38) (HD)

Interviews From NASA's Archives:
Shannon Lucid:Astronaut (2:49) (HD)
James Crocker: Aerospace Engine (1:53) (HD)

Mission Clips:
Skylab Tour (1:58) (HD)
Skylab Zero Gravity (1:38) (HD)
Shuttle STS-1 Launch (1:39) (HD)
Shuttle STS-1 Landing (1:26) (HD)
Shuttle STS-31 Hubble Deployment (1:14) (HD)
Shuttle STS-61 Hubble Repair (1:19) (HD)

Disc Four:
Original NASA Films:
Freedom 7 (28:14) (HD)
Friendship 7: John Glenn (58:10) (HD)
Proud Conquest: Gemini VII And VI (29:12) (HD)
Apollo 8 Debrief (27:22) (HD)
The Flight Of Apollo 11 (28:25) (HD)

Extras were featured on each disc, with disc four including original NASA films. There was quite a bit of footage there! All in 1080i high-def as well, although a lot of footage was clearly upconverted footage. Anyone interested in the series will have a lot of things to check out with this release. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary
When We Left Earth: The Nasa Missions provides some amazing footage, and was very impressed overall. The video presentation is very solid, and as good as it gets considering the source, the same goes with the audio as well. Extras were definitely there, although not all was entertaining. Fans of space travel history will definitely love this package, and I say 'Recommended.'To Order From Amazon.com, Click Here!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Beetlejuice Blu-ray Review

Beetlejuice Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Beetlejuice comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. I was quite pleased with the presentation, colors were vibrant considering age, and detail was quite good as well. Grain is there, but very non-intrusive and never felt excessive. Special effects looked outdated, but that was to be expected, particularly when they go into the snake zone. Beetlejuice has never looked better, and fans of the film will be pleased with the Blu-ray presentation. 8/10.

Audio
Warner has included a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track, and it sounds quite acceptable. Dialogue was nice and clear throughout, and the film's score made good use of hte surround speakers quite well. I can't complain much, as the film is now celebrating it's 20th anniversary, but I was left very pleased with the audio, and really could not have asked for more. 7/10.

Extras
Beetlejuice (Animated TV series) Episodes:
A-Ha! (12:15) (SD) - Doomie turns up missing and Beetlejuice tranforms himself into the Neitherworld's greatest detective, Sherlock Homely.
Skeletons In The Closet (12:15) (SD) - Beetlejuice has a closet in the Neitherworld which is filled with skeleton ghosts - one for every lie he's ever told.
Spooky Boo-Tique (12:15) (SD) - Lydia decides to try being a fashion designer, and Beetlejuice, seeing dollar signs, sets her up at the local mall with a full inventory.
Theatrical Trailer (1:27) (SD)
Music-Only Track - Watch the film with only the film's score, it was definitely an interesting extra, but not one I would ever both with again.

I loved that the cartoons were included, I love those old cartoons when cartoons were actually quite good. The package is quite empty overall though, with the Music-only track being more of a pointless feature. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is a soundtrack CD sampler, which is pretty short, although I'm sure fans of the music will welcome it. 5/10.

Blu-news Summary
Beetlejuice is a fun film, it has been a long time since I've seen the film, and the Blu-ray was a great reminder as to why I loved the movie. It's hilarious, despite being a bit strange, it's so different, and just entertaining. I actually popped it in for initial impressions, and found myself sitting there from start to finish when I wasn't planning to at the moment. This is one of Tim Burton's best films to date, and everyone should enjoy it.
The movie has never looked or sounded better, with great video and pleasing audio. Extras are a bit lacking, but I was definitely happy with the episodes included. Overall Beetlejuice is 'Recommended.'
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Jerry Maguire Blu-ray Review

Jerry Maguire Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
Sony presents Jerry Maguire with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The transfer does show it's age, but also is a significant upgrade from the DVD version. Colors are quite strong, and definitely more impressive in outdoor scenes, particularly any football scene. Detail is solid as well, although a bit soft at times. I was quite pleased with the final outcome, especially when I popped in the DVD version to see such a difference! 8/10.
Audio
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio, French Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 , and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is included. The film is very dialogue driven, and is always very clear. Surround speakers are gently used with the film's music, and manages to be more aggressive during the football scenes. I was left very satisfied with the track, I could not have expected more from the genre of film. 7/10.
Extras
Director and Cast Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes (Available with commentary) (8:45) (SD)
Rehearsal Footage (Available with commentary) (2:00) (SD)
Ron Tidwell Commercial (:51) (SD)
How To Be A Sports Agent (3:40) (SD)
Making Of Featurette (7:15) (SD)
Music Video: "Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen (4:30) (SD)
Previews (HD)
BD-Live (Despite already being available in-store, BD-Live does not seem to be activated on this title)

Extras were alright, although nothing amazing was included. All DVD extras have been ported to the Blu-ray version, and decent for the most part. I found the commentary to be the most entertaining bit, although it felt mediocre at best. 4/10.Blu-news Summary
Jerry Maguire is a heart-filled film, and found it to be extremely entertaining. I found the acting to be terrific, and really felt for the characters. The story is just fantastic, and leaves you smiling from ear to ear. The video presentation is great considering the film is about 12 years old now. The audio presentation is decent, and could not have expected more. Extras were decent, although not all were entertaining. Overall Jerry Maguire is 'Recommended.'To Order From Amazon.com, Click Here!

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Strangers Blu-ray Review

The Strangers Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Universal brings The Strangers to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video transfer on a BD25, including both theatrical and unrated cuts of the film via seamless branching. Overall, I was very impressed with the video presentation, particularly black levels. The black levels are so deep and rich, nothing a DVD counterpart could compete with. The film takes place at night for almost the entire film, and never was I disappointed. Film grain is minimal, and very non-intrusive. The source is very clean, and free of any issues. The Strangers looks fantastic.. 9/10.
Audio
A DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track is included, and the highlight of the Blu-ray presentation. The audio is amazing, and brought so much to the film. The film is definitely scary, and the lossless audio helps add to the chills. The knocks and bangs on the door, the scraping on the windows, the floor creaking, the record player, it was all very chilling. It all sounded very clear as well, including dialogue. The soundtrack was aggressive, and perfect for the film, 'The Strangers' provides the perfect atmosphere, and I give quite a bit of credit to the lossless track. It's a horror fan's dream. 10/10.
Extras
Deleted Scenes (4:51) (SD)
The Elements Of Terror (9:13) (HD)
MyScenes
BD-Live

The deleted scenes were boring, but The Elements Of Terror was very interesting. I loved the interviews, behind-the-scenes and just interesting facts about the film. In just a bit over 9 minutes, they provide quite the experience. Liv Tyler doing exercise to get all tired and sweaty before the scenes by doing jumping jacks was an interesting tidbit as well. BD-Live is not live for 'The Strangers' just yet, but you can share your favorite scenes with friends, as well as other things when it does launch. 5/10.
Blu-news Summary
The Strangers is one of the better horror films made in quite some time, it's just so creepy while keeping gore to the minimum. There was one scene in particular that was film-making at it's best, the scene still stands out to me, and could watch it again and again. The film relies on what is most scary, the quiet home surrounded in trees, the creepy visitor, and it gets better and better. I can't imagine many hating it, and it would at least make a solid rental. Just fantastic. The video presentation is great despite being very dark, and the audio is a horror fan's dream. Extras are a bit lacking, but at least entertaining. Overall 'The Strangers' is 'Highly Recommended.'To Order From Amazon.com, Click Here!