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Chaos (Region 2) DVD review

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  1. Seth Gecko

    Seth Gecko
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>CHAOS</TD><TD WIDTH="40"><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/UKfifteen.php' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/images/cert15.gif' ALIGN='RIGHT' ALT='Certificate 15' BORDER='0'></A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed March 2005 by <A HREF="?dvdid=Darren Wood" STYLE="color: white">Darren Wood.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Chaos/Chaos_R2.jpg" ALT="CHAOS DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>CHAOS (1999)<B><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=CRIME">CRIME</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=MYSTERY">MYSTERY</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=THRILLER">THRILLER</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=HIDEO NAKATA">HIDEO NAKATA</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MASATO HAGIWARA">MASATO HAGIWARA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MIKI NAKATANI">MIKI NAKATANI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KEN MITSUISHI">KEN MITSUISHI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JUN KUNIMURA">JUN KUNIMURA</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>2</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(UK)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Tartan Video. Released Monday 21st March 2005</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Price</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">19.99</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">1</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">101 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">16</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anamorphic Widescreen 1.77:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo<BR>Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround<BR><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> Digital Surround 5.1</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Curse, Death and Spirit<BR>Behind The Scenes<BR>Original Theatrical Trailer<BR>Asia Extreme Trailer Reel</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">I have to say I was quite surprised by this movie. Having not heard anything about this film I stuck the disc in the tray and with an open mind sat back with intrigued anticipation.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">How to describe this without giving away the plot and spoiling the film is a hard one! Suffice to say that the basic premise of this film is that the wife of a wealthy businessman is kidnapped and held to ransom. The police get involved and attempt to trap the would-be kidnappers. If I tell you any more then this would ruin the film. There are a number of unexpected twists and turns reminiscent of a 'Tales Of The Unexpected' theme, if anyone remembers the 1980's Roald Dahl television series! The story jumps about between current events and past events that slowly unravel this convoluted storyline. It's shot like a low budget Pulp Fiction, with segments of story that piece together to slowly reveal to the viewer exactly what has happened. It's a clever film and I found it a refreshing change to the usual run-of-the-mill storyline.</p> </TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>6</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The picture quality was fair on this. It certainly was not outstanding and appeared a little soft in general. There was a bland look to the colouring as well throughout the film. Colours appeared fairly dull, coherent with the look of film recorded in the late 70s. This may well have been applied purposely as it makes the action look and feel a lot more gritty and real life. I actually feel that this benefited the film more than coming over as a flaw in the transfer, but still can't help thinking that it wasn't purposely done.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Overall it was not your usual blockbuster transfer but it is not inferior enough to mar your viewing and does not really offer any distraction.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Chaos/Chaos_1.jpg" ALT="CHAOS"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>6</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound is both available in Dolby Digital or DTS. I chose the Dolby Digital track to watch the movie and this proved an adequate accompaniment. There were a number of musical pieces that were presumably played to increase the tension in the film. Whilst I could understand the idea I was not particularly taken by the majority of these, what only could be described as, ‘wailing’ instrumental pieces. I thought they gave the film a bit of a low budget feel as they could well have been composed by the director’s children after a day’s music lesson at school.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Chaos/Chaos_2.jpg" ALT="CHAOS"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>6</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">There are a number of extras on this disc. The first is three short films by the director which runs for little over an hour. The second and more interesting extra is a behind the scenes look at the shooting of Chaos. Somewhat disappointingly this only runs for ten minutes. I would rather have seen a ten minute rare film and an hours worth of behind the scenes to be honest as neither extra holds much interest unfortunately. There is also a trailer for the film and a number of trailers promoting other Asian films.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Chaos/Chaos_3.jpg" ALT="CHAOS"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The movie itself is certainly worthy of a watch but if the thought of watching subtitles does put you off then you are better of moving on to the next shelf along. An inventive story shot in an equally inventive way, even if it is a style done before. I was impressed and did enjoy this film. Would I watch it again? Possibly. Would I put it amongst my valued DVD collection? Hmmm, probably not.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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  2. Seth Gecko

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    For those who don't know/are interested - this is by the director of Ringu. The extra 3 shorts give a hint of themes seen in Ringu & Dark Water.
     

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