Eye, The

Featured In Issue 133, July/August 2008

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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David Moreau & Xavier Palud
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Sydney Wells (Alba) is a successful violinist who has been blind since the age of five. Her years of darkness are coming to an end as a cornea donor is found, enabling Sydney to undergo a vision-restoring operation. With the operation deemed a success, Sydney soon begins to see again—although not all visions are happy ones. Unexplainable shadowy figures begin to appear, frightening Sydney, as she is not sure if the images she sees are real or if they are part of the healing process. Sydney is soon convinced that the anonymous donor of "The Eye" she recieved has opened a door to a terrifying world only she can see. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features on Disc One of the two-disc Blu-ray Disc® set include eight deleted scenes; the following featurettes: Birth Of The Shadowman (two minutes), Becoming Sydney (five minutes), Shadow World: Seeing The Dead (nine minutes), and The Eye: An Explosive Finale (six minutes); the original theatrical trailer; and additional previews. Disc Two contains a digital copy of this film.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD exhibits a desaturated appearance, which combines with the cool color scheme to give it a spectral appearance. Black levels are elevated slightly, but not distractingly so. Shadow delineation is nicely rendered, helping create a nice sense of depth. Contrast is fairly well balanced, but the image overall seems too dim. Fleshtones also have a greenish hue, with unnaturally saturated highlights. Infrequent dirt speckles are noticeable throughout, and edge enhancement is subtle, but neither are overly distracting. Resolution is solid, and the image looks clean of compression artifacts. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows good (but not great) resolution, but black levels are very deep and shadow delineation is nicely defined. Flesh still appears garish, and colors are somewhat undersaturated. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Surround EX™ 5.1-channel with matrixed center surround soundtrack delivers a broad front stage with nicely incorporated surrounds, at times; often the level is far too low in the surrounds for them to be effective. The center surround channel does help create a more natural surround stage, though, in many scenes. Bass is quick and detailed with very little overhang, and the LFE is incorporated into the mix nicely when needed. Fidelity is fairly pure, although dialogue can sound harsh and overly digitized. Phantom imaging is solid across both the front and rear stages, but there is little sidewall imaging to tie the stages together seamlessly. The noise floor is low, and dynamic range is solid, but there are other distortions audible at times. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel encoding is superb, with a fully engaging mix at times, and quick, tight bass definition. Fidelity is pristine for the most part, but occasional clipping distortion can be heard. The soundtrack features intense dynamic range with pounding definition and a very low noise floor. (Danny Richelieu)