White Noise DVD Review
PictureThis is a very nice transfer - the print showed no exhibits of dirt or dust specs. Colours were bright and vivid, as well as muted when the need arose. No visible signs of bleed were present neither was any trace of grain. I didn't notice any artefacts until the very end where I spotted a couple, but nothing too obtrusive. Black levels were nice and deep and as this contains quite a lot of darkness, it was good to see it handled well. Edge enhancement wasn't noticeable during the running time either, so overall this was actually good, although not quite reference quality.
SoundBoasting a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, I was left with mixed feelings. Technically there's nothing wrong with the soundtrack, with rear speakers giving ambience, dialogue crisp and clear and generally speaking it does keep you involved with the movie. LFE, when used is nice and deep, but it's not particularly involved in the proceedings. The problem with it is that it's very quiet. Too quiet for my tastes in fact, I had to increase the volume on my amp about 8db from my usual listening volume. Now this is a minor gripe in some ways, but having heard the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, which I had to lower by about 5db, this illustrates how quiet this mix is. It's not often that I have to increase the volume on my Amp to the figure I needed for this, and as such, I have to mark accordingly especially as this is a very recent release. However, volume levels aside, it does keep the atmosphere rather well, even if it has to resort to cheap “shock” tactics.
ExtrasNone, however the disk was labelled “Rental Copy”, so the retail copy may have extras.
VerdictWell, as mentioned, this is a rather undecided movie in terms of what it wants to be. Still, it does have reasonable performances and is reasonably entertaining, but it's just too mixed up in its genres to truly make it a good movie. If it could just decide if it wants to be a thriller or a horror, it would have made a huge amount of difference, but as it stands, it's just too muddled and it's a shame as it could have been quite promising.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99