Red Eye DVD Review
PictureRed Eye is presented with a slightly muted 2.40:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer that gives it the feel of a movie from the nineties. I don't know whether it's an unnecessary amount of softness or the marginally dull colour scheme, but it is a shame that such a new movie is presented like this. Still, it largely looks perfectly watchable, with reasonable detail, some edge enhancement, no noticeable grain and, of course, the aforementioned softness. The colours are quite broad but never seem fully rendered, but at least the blacks are fairly solid. I might be nit-picking but I think I would have preferred a perfect transfer for such a recent production rather than an 'acceptable' presentation.
SoundRed Eye is given a fairly potent Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that goes some way to make up for the lacklustre video presentation. Dialogue is presented clearly from the frontal array, but the surrounds get one hell of a workout from all of the minute effects details that are observed (like the noisy airports, background plane noises etc.) as well as the more powerful thumping explosions and the like. The real star is the score, however, which really works well to build the tension and bring the whole movie shattering into your living room. There is a significant amount of power involved in this affair, along with some noticeable bass and overall it is a great Dolby 5.1 offering.
ExtrasFirst up we get a Feature Commentary by the Director, Wes Craven, along with the Producer Marianne Maddalena and the Editor Patrick Lussier. They talk about how they came across the story, where they shot the movie, when the filmed certain scenes and some bits that were done after the first cut. It is quite nice to hear the background anecdotes about the production, from how Brian Cox had lost a great deal of weight before the production, to the various cameos from studio staff. They discuss how some shots were made, how they put the score together and what drives the different characters and their actions. It is quite a nice, constant commentary with plenty to keep you occupied (although the lady producer, Marianne, definitely takes a back seat to the other two).
The Making of Red Eye is a little over ten minutes in length and features interviews with the cast (including Rachel McAdams) and the crew (including Wes Craven) talking about the script, how they put the plane sequences together, the special effects, the challenge of shooting in confined spaces and so forth. They dissect a couple of the key sequences and there is plenty of background footage and info to keep you occupied (with a wealth of final film footage thrown in to pad it out).
Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller is also just over ten minutes long, with the Director talking about his previous work (which is almost exclusively horror-orientated) and how it was a logical step to move into the thriller genre. Various cast members (including Brian Cox) pop up to talk about working with Wes and this is also a nice little addition to the proceedings.
The Gag Reel is nearly seven minutes long and has plenty of line fluffs, unexpected laughter and physical gags to keep you amused, along with one or two swear words. One of the best bits is from a little girl who goes all 'psycho' on her mother during a scene.
Finally we get a Preview for the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy version of Ghost, Just Like Heaven.
VerdictRed Eye is an interesting little thriller from horror master Wes Craven, with some decent performances and a good hour of solid entertainment, but it is let down by a hackneyed ending that comes to pass far too quickly. The video presentation is also a bit disappointing, but the soundtrack hits the spot and there are a few nice extras to round off the disc. This movie is definitely worth seeing, whether or not you want it in your collection is another thing.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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