The Eye 2 DVD Review
PictureIt's an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer and it's a good one. There's little grain or flaws and the contrast is excellent. Occasionally there's a touch of Mpeg artifacting on light coloured backgrounds but for the most part the picture is clean and sharp with no bleed. The colour levels seem to be spot on with natural skin tones, at least on the humans (the ghostly figures look suitably pallid and grey). The black levels in the film are very deep and satisfying. You will often find the cinematographer bathing a scene with strong mood lighting such as a deep shade of blue, rendering the scene almost monochrome, yet the picture always stays vibrant and clear.
SoundThe sound presentation of 5.1 Digital Dolby is slightly disappointing, as it's not as immersive as it could be. The soundscape is very front and centre oriented and slightly subdued with the rears and the subwoofer only coming into play only during 'fright' sequences and sharp shocks. Everything is cranked up on all channels then, and it's certainly loud. The dialogue and score is well mixed and distinct. It's just a shame there isn't more surround work, as this is the kind of film that thrives on it.
ExtrasThere's only one featurette, a 'making' of, and it's only about twelve minutes long but it's enjoyable nonetheless, summing up the Pang Brothers' intentions quite succinctly. A short, punchy featurette is always better than a flabby, overlong backslapping fest any day. Shame it's full screen and of poor visual quality. An interesting set of horror trailers for upcoming Lions Gate releases is also present.
VerdictThe Eye 2 is lacking in the all out scare factor but it's a creepy tale with plenty of atmosphere.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £16.73
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