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One Missed Call DVD Review (Region 3)

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  1. Seth Gecko

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/OneMissedCall/OneMissedCallR3.jpg' ALT='ONE MISSED CALL DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>ONE MISSED CALL</FONT><br>Reviewed June 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Norman McLeod&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Norman McLeod</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 6</B></P><P>Your best gal pal gets a voice message on her mobile phone while the two of you are chatting in the toilet at a restaurant. The message is dated three days in the future. It's clearly her voice and it's terrified, ending with a sudden scream. You shrug your shoulders, presuming it's a practical joke. Three days later she dies a violent death at the exact time the call was made. Other friends, whose numbers were stored in her mobile phone also receive similar calls. They also die horrible deaths. Then you receive a message. It's your voice... Gulp!</p><P>Well, that's the predicament that our heroine, Yumi (Kou Shibasaki) finds herself in. She must investigate the source of the calls before her time is up. The premise of <i>One Missed Call</i>, directed by Japanese bad boy, Takeshi Miike, is incredibly formulaic. Had it come out five to seven years ago, then it would have seemed reasonably fresh, but now with a veritable flood of similar Asian horrors having made inroads west, it seems very predictable and ridiculously derivative. As you would assume from the premise, it borrows very liberally from <i>Ringu</i>, <i>Phone</i>, <i>Pulse</i>, <i>Dark Water</i>, <i>The Eye</i>... heck, I could go on and on. It's amazing how unoriginal it is. Miike really didn't stretch himself on this one. You now know exactly how these things are going to pan out; you've seen it all before. The storylines of these Asian horrors have become as familiar to horror fans as those of Western slasher films, with long haired, pale-faced female ghosts replacing burly men in hockey masks. However, it's not a bad film. Utterly unexceptional and by no means essential viewing, but enjoyable nonetheless. There are some good death scenes with tension filled set pieces in a TV studio and a creepy rundown hospital, and there's a great looking zombie scene, but there is very little of Miike's visual flair or trademark perverse humour. In fact, the lack of humour surprised me, it's played very straight. Maybe the whole thing is one big joke, as it's so uninspired and by-the-numbers that it's as if he 'phoned' his directing in.</p><P><B>Picture : 7</B></P><P>The visual presentation of <i>One Missed Call</i> isn't exceptional but it's eminently watchable. Black levels are satisfactory with decent shadow detail, adding a good sense of depth and contrast. There are plenty of scenes set at night in dimly lit areas, often with green or blue lighting and the picture doesn't get murky, but there is a constant level of grain. Edge-enhancement is kept to a bare minimum and there's not too much in the way of MPEG artefacts. There are no real faults with this picture, it just isn't anything special.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/OneMissedCall/OneMissedCallR3_1.jpg' ALT='ONE MISSED CALL'></P><P><B>Sound : 7</B></P><P>The soundtrack is presented in both 5.1 Dolby Surround and 5.1 DTS and is pretty good on both counts. The DTS mix was a little cleaner, as I detected just a tad of background hiss on the quiet scenes on the Dolby surround. There's good multi channel work and the LFE is used to create a brooding, ominous feel with low level rumbles. Phone rings are obviously used a lot, and the sound design is quite playful with the placement of the effects. You don't know what channel the sound is going to leap from. Like the protagonists, you leap up when you hear a ring off-screen, wondering where on earth the phone is. Those pesky mobiles, always getting lost down the back of a sofa!</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/OneMissedCall/OneMissedCallR3_2.jpg' ALT='ONE MISSED CALL'></P><P><B>Extras : 0</B></P><P>None, sadly</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/OneMissedCall/OneMissedCallR3_3.jpg' ALT='ONE MISSED CALL'></P><P><B>Verdict : 6</B></P> <P>Unless it's a giant post-modern comment on the lack of originality in horror that I just don't get, this is one of the most unoriginal films I've ever seen. Still, it's an enjoyable enough time waster. Well made, well acted, and has a decent cast (and Yumi certainly is <i>yummy!</i>) but definitely missing any Miike magic.</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1003542892" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"></a><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>ONE MISSED CALL (2003)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genres</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HORROR' target='_blank'>HORROR</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=MYSTERY' target='_blank'>MYSTERY</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=TAKASHI MIIKE' target='_blank'>TAKASHI MIIKE</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KOU SHIBASAKI' target='_blank'>KOU SHIBASAKI</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SHIN'ICHI TSUTSUMI' target='_blank'>SHIN'ICHI TSUTSUMI</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KAZUE FUKIISHI' target='_blank'>KAZUE FUKIISHI</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=RENJI ISHIBASHI' target='_blank'>RENJI ISHIBASHI</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>3</B> <FONT>(HONG KONG)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Widesight. Released Monday 27th September 2004</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$12.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>1</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>113 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>12</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Japanese 5.1 <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='DTS Soundtrack'> ES 96:24<BR>Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Amaray</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>None.</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     
  2. diederik

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    Nice review - The DTS track on the R3HK is actually DTS:ES 96/24 instead of DTS5.1
     

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