Blacks actually aren't too bad, but they are compromised by the contrast being off and certain elements of the image becoming prone to glare. Some early scenes exhibited motion drag, as well. And it is worth mentioning that the burnt-in English subtitles often jiggle about and have a tendency to shimmer. When set against a bright background, they can actually disappear.
Folks, if this transfer looked ropey on a 44 inch screen then I can only imagine that it will look much worse on larger displays. Especially the webcam-style footage which will look appalling.
A missed opportunity.
As a real you-are-there Making Of, this probably can't be faulted ... but, boy, is it boring! We don't even get any worthwhile input from the cast beyond seeing them go through take after take of the plant-pot smashing sequence.
A waste of time, folks.
I enjoyed the first half of Pulse - although enjoyment seems a bizarre reaction to such a cold and nihilistic film. The slow-seeping dread that Asian cinema does so well is impeccably delivered, and if the shocks themselves are not quite as powerful as some we've seen in other atmospheric supernatural flicks, the ominous sense of dislocation and foreboding more than makes up for it. However, the film does leave the viewer alienated. Empathy for the characters is sort of shunted to one side in favour of further cloying isolation and, as a result, their individual plight is not so dramatic. Still, there is some wonderful and disturbing imagery on show here, despite a second half that sees the hypnotic atmosphere wilfully evaporated.
The R2 disc comes up short, though. The picture leaves a lot to be desired and the DD 2.0 mix is surely no substitute for the 5.1 track that adorns the R3, and the extras are a rambling, disjointed bore.
Nowhere near as satisfying as some claim, but still containing some great early chills. Casual fans should probably steer clear. However, if you are a follower of Kiyoshi Kurosawa, my advice is to track down its domestic version.
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