Butterfly Effect, The: Special Edition DVD Review
PictureThe anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer looks extremely good, as you would expect for such a recent movie. The print is clean from dirt and scratches and for the most part it looks sharp and detailed. Indeed looking at facial close ups provides us with copious amounts of details such as pore lines and wrinkles with natural flesh tones adding a realistic look. Colours are rich and vivid with good saturation and no signs of bloom or bleed. Edge enhancement is seen in brighter sections of the film, but it is far from obtrusive. There are also no signs of digital compression or artefacts. The video quality is identical to the R1 US disc but misses out the theatrical cut.
SoundThe sound mix is surprisingly aggressive for a thriller, with most of the action taking place during the time travel sequences. Here the surrounds become busy with effects spinning 360 degrees around the sound field and the LFE adds some frightening bottom end to proceedings. Dialogue remains rich and intelligible throughout and the score uses the full soundstage with excellent dynamics on offer.
This UK R2 disc fails to include the DTS-ES soundtrack found on the recent R1 edition, instead the only option is the Dolby EX mix. Whilst not a huge loss, comparing the DTS track on the R1 against the DD track, the DTS mix was more appealing in terms of sound stage and bottom end punch. It is annoying that we lose the option and choice.
ExtrasKicking things off is a feature length commentary track with co-directors and screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber who explore their baby in some detail. The commentary covers the humble beginnings of their idea through to the casting and shooting of the movie. They also add a certain degree of humour and background information which makes the track an interesting listen.
Moving on and we get a very good behind the scenes documentary which adds all the small videos together to cover the movie making process without too many back slapping each other. Also featured are a visual effects featurette, an explanation of chaos theory and a look at time travel movies and stories. Rounding off the package are deleted scenes including alternate endings and trailers
Again this R2 is almost identical to the US R1 edition this time it misses out the Infinifilm features.
VerdictA surprisingly good movie with excellent performances and an unusual plot line. The R1 edition beats this R2 disc hands down, the UK disc misses the DTS track and the theatrical cut of the film so it has to be the R1 disc and a slap for Icon for again letting UK DVD fans down, Go buy American folks!
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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