Suspect Zero DVD Review
PictureQuality is not a word I'd use for the transfer, but then it's not exactly terrible and the fault, I believe, lies in the styling. The print isn't a particularly great one, with dust specs frequently popping up on the screen and the film has a grainy, low budget feel to it, but that I feel is intentional. Colours on screen are fine, with flesh tones being natural, colour bleed being non-existent and blacks being deep with only minor detail loss. In fact, detail levels are quite high, with beads of sweat and pores being easily seen when close up. No edge enhancement was noticeable by myself either, so generally speaking there's no real problems. However, I do wish that the print indeed was much cleaner. Nice, but no cigar I'm afraid.
SoundComing complete with a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, I was actually quite surprised at how active the soundstage was for this type of movie. In the opening scene for example, the rain is beating down heavily outside and this is quite apparent from the use of the rears as well as the fronts. In fact there's an excellent moment of panning from the rain, which gave me high hopes. However, although the soundtrack is very atmospheric, it doesn't maintain that initial reaction. The soundstage is used very effectively throughout the movie to keep the suspense level as high as possible. Although the soundtrack has some bass heavy moments, I found that the LFE channel was rather underused, but then this isn't a movie that screams out for its usage. Dialogue is crisp and clear and is never drowned out by the other channels. Overall this is an effective mix which suits the film very well.
ExtrasUnlike the R1 version, we have only trailers for “Suspect Zero”, “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid”, “Closer”, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” and “The Forgotten”. Again we seem rather short changed in comparison!
VerdictHmmm, while this isn't the best example of a thriller or cop/serial killer movie, nor is it one that's gripping to view, it's not completely without merit. It does have a few stylish moments, cinematography wise, but ultimately outside of its novel concept, it is very run of the mill. I'm sure that it'll find a life on rental, but I wouldn't recommend this for purchase without seeing it first.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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