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Signs DVD Review

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by AVForums Apr 1, 2003

    Signs DVD Review
    SRP: £19.99

    Picture

    Swathed in low-level lighting and muted colours by cinematographer Tak Fujimoto, the film deliberately looks drab and eerie The encoding team behind the DVD are to be congratulated then that the disc's anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer doesn't stumble over this tricky imagery. There is some minor grain in the image, but shadow detailing is high and the dull colour scheme certainly looks natural.

    Sound

    This disc improves on the US release in the remarkable decision to include a DTS track. The DD 5.1 mix is every bit as good as the one featured on the American release, but the DTS is even better. The more natural rear portion of the soundscape enhances the excellent use of ambient effects, and spatial movement is incredibly precise with a spookily effective clarity.

    Extras

    The animated menus might be a little dull but the extras they give access to are anything but. The first, and most substantial, collection of extras is found under the Making Signs option. Here you get an excellent 60-minute documentary that is also viewable as a series of six separate featurettes. Back on the Bonus Material menu you'll also find a selection of deleted scenes, a multiangle/audio storyboard-to-film comparison (OK, so there were two on the US disc, but something had to give to make way for the DTS) and finally, a short two-minute clip from a (hilariously bad) monster movie made by M Night Shyamalan when he was a kid. As it has become clear that Shyamalan doesn't do commentaries, the only strange omission is any kind of trailer or TV spot.

    Verdict

    Hey, Mr American DVD consumer. Remember that DTS track that went missing from your Signs DVD? Well we've got it. Ha ha ha!

    The Rundown

    Movie

    8

    Picture Quality

    8

    Sound Quality

    9

    Extras

    6

    Overall

    8

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