Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed DVD Review
SoundAudio wise I felt a little let down. The Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kbps) soundtrack seems a little lightweight and I suspect a DTS or a higher bit rate Dolby track would improve things. Not that there's anything really poor about what's been included, indeed it amply drew me into the movie with a vibrant sounding, and interesting movie score. Bass is handled well, and again adds necessary weight to proceedings... especially the beast's growls. So why did I start by saying I felt a bit let down with the audio? Well, despite being “all present and accounted for” and making all the right noises in all the right places, I felt that the audio seemed a little hemmed in and didn't have that spaciousness that the reference quality audio tracks achieve. I guess this really goes to show just how good modern Dolby Digital and DTS tracks on the latest blockbuster movies have become. I'm a fussy so-and-so and if I'm gonna be scared watching a horror movie the audio needs that something extra. Whilst good, Ginger Snaps 2 falls short of being top notch.
ExtrasDirector Brett Sullivan, John Fawcett and Noah Seagal (Executive Producers), and Paula Devonshire (Producer) provide the audio commentary for the movie and I couldn't help feeling that they have just a tad too much enthusiasm for their creation. I mean, I don't think anybody will regard this as the greatest horror movie ever made, indeed I think it's pretty average, but listening to these guys chat with so much enthusiasm for Ginger Snaps 2 made me wonder at times if I'd watched the same movie they were discussing! Suffice to say, if you like the movie you'll probably enjoy the audio commentary.
There are eight deleted scenes with optional audio commentary. Strangely, at times the audio sync drifts when watching with the audio commentary on. The only thing I really appreciated from having these deleted scenes included on the DVD was the fact that I didn't miss them not being included in the movie!
Storyboards are up next with some nice dual screen shots of movie action and storyboard tie ins.
I can only think that the Brigitte's Journal feature has been included for the very saddest of sad aficionados, showing as it does three pages from the afore-mentioned lass's diary... and the same goes for Ghost's Comic Book Art feature.
All in all supplemental features receive an eminently average score.
VerdictI'm sure that like the first Ginger Snaps movie, Unleashed will have its followers. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them and if I were teacher marking an essay my comment would be “Could do better”.
PictureImage wise Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed surprised me. Colours are clean, with little to no bleed and skin tones are faithfully rendered, appearing true to life. Black levels in particular are deep and solid, and also impressively free from video noise; as this movie is predominantly set with dark, brooding type scenes this is a very big plus point. For some reason, though, the image also seems to my eyes to be a little on the soft side - so much so that I was able to crank up “Edge Delineation” on my DVD player by two whole notches. On almost any other movie I've tried this with the result is a vastly overemphasised sharpness, which gives the image a completely unnatural appearance. Indeed, sharpening edges even one notch usually brings about unpleasant artifacting, yet with Ginger Snaps 2 it simply gives the image a crisper, detailed, more 3-D look with practically no unwanted side effects whatsoever! I saw no signs of edge enhancement... although to be honest my hooded, half open eyelids, being tormented and goaded into sleep by the proceedings at hand might have missed a bit! I did not miss some print damage, though, which showed up as small white nicks in the image.
Overall, I would describe this as being a very good transfer - and if you're able to sharpen things up a bit things get even better.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.98
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