The 1999 update of the House On Haunted Hill once again gives a few unknowing souls the opportunity to win a million dollars (It was 10 grand in 1959
The anamorphiclly enhanced DVD picture, viewed in component video, exhibits sharp and finely detailed imagery, with nicely rendered contrast and shadow delineation. Once the film reaches the House On Haunted Hill, the appropriately dark picture shot inside the menacing house, is superb in revealing natural gradations of visual information in the darkest scenes. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended, but why would one watch a horror film any other way? Colors are rich and nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich and vibrant hues and deep blacks. Minor artifacts are noticed, but there is no distracting pixelization, for a picture that will surely delight horror fans. The aspect ratio measures 1.78:1, anamorphic and letterbox.
Since Issue 5 (my first), I focused on reviews of Laser Discs and now DVDs, and From The Editor's Couch. Also, WSR has a lot of punch in the new equipment features. The technical essays have been superb! My home theatre setup depended (and still depends) on knowledge gained from WSR. WSR has become the media reference for me with regard to picture and sound quality assurance in display equipment and widescreen entertainment (movies, music events, and documentaries). I still do not have Issues 1 through 4 or the Premiere Special Edition of WSR and hope you put them on the subscribers' site eventually, so that I can giggle at some of the early typos and slips (if you leave them in). However, I'm sure that the early editions make for interesting historical reading as well, because I believe WSR has moved the display industry forward through the pushing the envelope attitude of Gary Reber. Carry on.