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Ju-on: The Grudge R3 dts DVD review

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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 '>JU-ON: THE GRUDGE</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></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 May 2004 by <A HREF="?dvdid=Mark Haywood" STYLE="color: white">Mark Haywood.</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/Juon/JuonR3.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2003)<B><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genre</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=JAPANESE HORROR">JAPANESE HORROR</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=TAKASHI SHIMIZU">TAKASHI SHIMIZU</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=MEGUMI OKINA">MEGUMI OKINA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MISAKI ITO">MISAKI ITO</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MISA UEHARA">MISA UEHARA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=YUI ICHIKAWA">YUI ICHIKAWA</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>3</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Cinexus/iVision Entertainment. Released Friday 12th September 2003</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">2</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">92 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">42</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 1.85:1&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">Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Japanese <IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"><BR>Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0</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, Korean, Japanese</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 in outer slip case</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">Making Of<BR>Cast & Crew Profiles<BR>Trailers<BR>Ju-on 2 Trailer<BR>Interviews<BR>Deleted Scenes<BR>Alternate Ending<BR>Extra features do not have English subtitles</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>8</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">Ju-on: the curse of one who dies in the grip of powerful rage. It gathers and takes effect in the place that person was alive. Those who encounter it… die, and a new curse is born.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">There are many horror movies which use unpleasant, gory images in order to make us feel <I>uneasy</I>; some use cleverly crafted sound effects in an attempt to scare us witless; a few draw us in by immersing us into a false sense of calm security, before using both visual and audio imagery to startle us from our hypnotic reverie. Very few do all three and get away with it. Ju-on is one of those few. I knew nothing of this movie before receiving the 2 disc review copy, which may have been for the best – I find that ignorance is often bliss where a movie has been hyped to the point of it being impossible <b>not</b> to expect too much, and in this instance my ignorance of <b>Ju-on</b> seems to have had a touch of the opposite effect... I really enjoyed being scared silly by a movie that has a genuine touch of originality.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Told in a Pulp Fiction “short story” style, Ju-on manages to hold your attention by focussing on individual characters and their struggle to come to terms with the horror that unfolds around them. This is a very <b><I>creepy</I></b> movie, with lots of strange camera angles and odd, jarring sound effects - very Resident Evil (the game, not the movie). Ultimately, what Ju-on: The Grudge lacks in traditional “good conquers evil” style film making, it more than makes up for in downright edge of the seat creepiness.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Recommended</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>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">For such a recent movie I was surprised by the amount of apparent damage to the print – I noticed quite a few negative film artefacts which showed up as white nicks and scratches throughout. This really isn’t much of an issue when viewing on a 32” or even a 36” T.V. Blow the image up to larger screen sizes and such issues may begin to take on new meaning; such small areas of damage are still unlikely to intrude too much, though. What is more likely to be a bug bear to those with front or large rear projectors is the amount of edge enhancement that has been used. Thankfully its appearance is sporadic, but when it shows up it’s as though somebody has painted in white outlines using a two-inch paintbrush. Well OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’m sure you get my meaning, and when it shows itself subtle it is not. Thankfully video noise, or grain, was never an issue, and with a large portion of the movie being shot in darkly evil places that’s a definite plus point.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Juon/Juon_1.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE"></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>8</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 never check audio bit rates until after I watch a movie – I try to be as unbiased as possible, but it was immediately apparent that the Dolby Digital track seemed to lack that “air of authority”, even before I compared sound quality with its DTS counterpart. Now, I’m no “DTS Fan Boy”, indeed there are often times when I prefer a Dolby track merely because I find that it offers better centre channel clarity. On this occasion, though, DTS takes top honours. Delivery from each speaker benefited from a clearer, more spacious sound; bass tones were noticeably deeper and more powerful and the whole sonic experience was simply more satisfying... and a bit louder</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">That’s not to say the DTS offering is perfect; it lacks overall <I>authority</I> and cannot, in my opinion, quite compete with the very best DVD movie soundtracks. I wasn’t really surprised when I’d finished watching the movie to learn that the Dolby track was a 384Kbps affair. I was a <i>little</i> taken aback to learn that the DTS track was a 1509 Kbps, or full bit rate, job! If you like thunderously deep bass it’s time to choose the DTS option.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Juon/Juon_2.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE"></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>1</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">Unfortunately this is one of those Korean releases where the extras have no English subtitles… or menus. I did enjoy sitting through the supplemental features and managed to work out what was going on… sometimes. I think! There is a storyboard feature which links to scenes from the movie; and just seeing the actors going through their paces in the “Making Of” type features gave me the feeling that everybody concerned in putting this movie together had a real blast. I suspect that given English subs I would score this side of things quite highly. Alas…</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Juon/Juon_3.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE"></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>8</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">If you like your horror movies to be creepy and scary then Ju-on: The Grudge should be on your list. If you like your soundtracks to make your neck hairs stand to attention, then Ju-on: The Grudge should be on your list. If… ahh, just buy Ju-on: The Grudge and enjoy.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"><TR><TD ALIGN="CENTER">Review disc provided by <A HREF="http://www.discemporium.com"><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/DiscEmporium.jpg" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE"></TD></TR></TABLE>
     

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