PictureBeing a recent movie the 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer looks clear with no signs of dirt or scratches visible. The first half of the movie takes place during strong daylight which produces strong oranges and yellows in the colour palette and these are handled very well with no noise or bleed apparent. When the movie moves into the darkness we are treated to some decent shadow detail and black levels never overcome what is on screen, yet remain inky black.
So an excellent transfer then? Well no not really. Some of the daylight scenes produce rather obvious edge enhancement, especially in the cornfield at the start of the movie and once we get into the darkness we lose the edge enhancement, instead being treated to softness in the overall appearance along with some annoying amounts of grain. Mix into this some compression problems and a general lack of fine detail even in close ups and what we have is a rather disappointing transfer compared to other new releases.
SoundMaking up for the lacklustre picture performance is the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. We are treated to a nicely dynamic, wide and open sound stage which is capable of good bottom end extension. Surrounds are used well with many placement effects adding to the action on the screen, especially during the flying scenes where the creature surrounds the stranded bus.
Dialogue is crystal clear and intelligible and never gets drowned out by the tense score. Overall the sound mix adds to the feel of the movie with intelligent use made of the effects and LFE channels to create a very decent sound field. Good Stuff.
ExtrasKicking off the extras are two audio commentaries with the cast and crew along with the director. You will have to forgive me as I really couldn't stand sitting through the movie another two times to sample the commentaries in full, but what I did listen too was insightful and interesting.
Next up are a few interesting behind the scenes documentaries with the best of the bunch being the 40 minute Lights, Camera, Creeper. This covers nearly every aspect of the making of the movie including behind the scene footage filmed by the director himself. Indeed the director also contributed to the 20 minute Day in Hell feature which covered one long day in production on set.
Rounding off the extras are Storyboards for two deleted scenes, Photo galleries, Trailer and promos for other MGM titles.
VerdictThe main feature is rather forgettable popcorn fun with bad acting and dialogue thrown in. The AV presentation is average with some interesting extras, probably best to wait for a rental.
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