Thir13en Ghosts Blu-ray Review
Picture13 Ghosts is presented with a 1080P transfer, and comes to Blu ray exclusively in the UK.
As one would imagine, the source print is immaculate and thus this transfer is free from any blemishes. The print is clean and sharp, and there are no marks whatsoever.
The quality of the transfer is also very good indeed. A lot of the scenes take place in shadowy areas of the house and the level of detail is such that you can always clearly see what is going on. Black levels are good, and detail is strong.
However, whilst clearly better than an SD release this is still not up there with the very best that HD can offer. The transfer seems to lack that 3D pop that the best transfers can have, and facial detail is not as well defined as on some discs.
The film is shot with a muted colour palette so colour levels are never at reference levels for the format, but as a rendition of the original film this is probably the best that it has looked.
SoundThe sound mix, fittingly for the film in question, is bombastic to the extreme. It is one of the mixes that at first sounds very impressive, with all speakers working overtime to provide an immersive soundfield. However, after a while you begin to realise that, just like the film, there is no subtlety here. No attempt to truly match events on screen with matching sound.
Therefore, whilst this disc may well find a use as a demo disc to ensure that all your speakers are volume matched, it certainly feels far too overblown as a movie soundtrack. Having said this, however, the dialogue is always clear within the mix and the music whilst overloud at times always sounds clean and well mixed.
Extras13 Ghosts comes with a decent set of extras. Firstly we have a Filmmakers Commentary which can be viewed with or without subtitles. The commentary does have some interesting behind the scenes information, but they do rather seem to think they have made a good film. A lot of this information is also included in the documentary The Making of 13 Ghosts which has a nice mixture of talking heads and behind the scenes footage. Finally, we have Ghost Stories some clever vignettes about the murders that led to the creation of the ghosts shot in documentary style.
Verdict13 Ghosts is a film with some style but very little substance. As a mild diversion as a Saturday night time filler it might pass some muster - but you really shouldn't expect too much in the way of a quality script, decent acting, or any shocks and scares.
The transfer is above average for HD, although it never reaches the heights that other titles do, and the sound is far too bombastic.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.99
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