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.
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