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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Joshua Jackson, Rachel Taylor, Megumi Okina, David Denman, John Hensley, Maya Hazen & James Kyson Lee

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include a commentary track by cast and crew; the following featurettes: A Ghost In The Lens (eight minutes), A Cultural Divide: Shooting In Japan (nine minutes), The Director: Masayuki Ochiai (ten minutes), A Conversation With Luke Dawson (six minutes), A History Of Spirit Photography (five minutes), Create Your Own Phantom Photo (four minutes), and The Hunt For The Haunt: Tools And Tips For Ghost Hunting (three minutes); 11 alternate/deleted scenes; and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2252386
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/15/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Masayuki Ochiai
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Story Synopsis:
Newlyweds Ben (Jackson) and Jane (Taylor) are packing their bags and heading for Japan, where Ben has a new assignment as a fashion photographer. Hoping to sneak in a few days of honeymoon bliss before Ben starts his new job, he and Jane plan to visit a remote cabin outside of Tokyo. Jane, who has become lost driving to the cabin, hits a girl standing in the middle of the road, which causes the couple's car to careen off the road and knocks them unconscious. When they regain consciousness, they search the road for any sign of the injured girl, but cannot find even a single drop of blood. Now strange apparitions are showing up in Ben's photographs suggesting a fault with the Shutter or lens of the camera. When no explanation can be found, Jane begins to reexamine the man she married. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.83:1 DVD exhibits a sharp picture, with fine details nicely preserved. Black levels are fairly inconsistent, but they can be deep. Shadow delineation is nicely rendered though. The picture can be noticeably noisy in many black scenes, but it is generally clean. The color scheme is wide and saturated well. Contrast is balanced nicely, but fleshtones have a sickly, greenish hue. Compression artifacts are minor and not overly distracting, and edge enhancement isn