Picture“Twisted” is presented in its original 1.85:1 Widescreen format. The transfer is clean, with only one or two compression artefacts to complain about, although edge enhancement is evident at points. The presentation is deliberately gloomy with very deep blacks and a slightly soft composition purposely enhancing the Film-Noire feel; this does affect shadow detail but is necessary for the films appearance. Colours are accurate and even bold at times despite the overall toned down approach.
SoundThe Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack makes intentional use of all channels available to bring the viewer into this psychological thriller - with eerie footsteps, winds etc. haunting the soundstage every so often. Scenes of extreme confusion involve whipping up a whirlwind of effects blasting out of all speakers and almost disorientate the viewer as much as the characters on-screen. Speech is clear and detailed and the soundtrack suits the movie well. Nothing of particular merit to report however.
ExtrasQuite a surprising number of extras for a single disc production. Director commentary keeps a decent level of interest throughout and is also available on the deleted/extended scenes portion of the disc. Philip Kaufman is also the main subject for interview in the three featurettes (Creating a Twisted Web of Intrigue, The Inspectors: Clues to the Crime, San Francisco: Scene of the Crime) alongside key members of both cast and crew who discuss the how, what and why of putting the thriller together, maintaining its accuracy as a “cop movie” and using well-known areas of San Francisco to shoot the flick. Before the opening menu loads up on inserting the disc there is the option to view four Paramount DVD trailers including Mean Girls and The Reckoning.
Verdict”Twisted” did make for a good watch as the viewer regularly twists and changes on their theories of who the killer is as red-herrings and plot twists become more frequent. However, the movie was let down by not entirely filling its purpose as a modern day Film-Noire, somewhat lacking the dialogue and characterisation to really make it stand out as a psychological thriller and eventually relying too heavily on plot twisting for the story to seem worthwhile. One to rent or watch on TV, but not a must-have by any means
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