Tomie: Revenge DVD Review
PicturePresented in an anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 ratio, picture quality on the whole is pretty dreadful. It's difficult to ascertain how much of this is down to a shoddy job on the transfer, and how much of it suffers from the artistic choice of the director, or the obvious budgetary constraints. There are some scenes which look reasonably fine (if a touch anaemic), with relatively sharp detail and even colours. Other scenes however, look awful from the offset. It appears the film is adhering to some attempt at visual style, with a distinctive palette of greys and blues filtered through a dreamlike smoothness, but the end result is fairly horrible. Great periods of the film feel as though you are watching the film through gauze, the picture is murky, soft and undefined, and the black levels range from bearable to terrible. Certain scenes even look like they have been sourced from a DivX file, with terrible compression artefacts clearly visible.
SoundIn keeping with the basic nature of this release, sound is presented in a standard 2.0 stereo track. The track is solid and serviceable if unremarkable, with clear dialogue and reasonable clarity in the soundtrack if nothing else.
ExtrasThe only extra present is a collection of two trailers, one for this movie and one for Tomie:Beginning which was released the same year, again from Ataru Oikawa.
VerdictA basic release for a minor and forgettable film. This will probably appeal to diehard fans of the franchise and more forgiving followers of Asian horror, but anyone expecting this to live up to some of the more acclaimed examples of the genre will be left sorely disappointed.
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