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The Eye 10 DVD Review (Region 0)

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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.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/Eye10/Eye10R3.jpg' ALT='THE EYE 10 DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>THE EYE 10</FONT><br>Reviewed July 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Simon Crust&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Simon Crust</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 4</B></P><P>Let me take you back to the early noughties, a time when the horror film industry was all rather low. The Scream clones were all but worn out and the future was somewhat bleak. There were a few glimmers on the horizon with the likes of Jeepers Creepers (2001), and at a push I’ll admit to Final Destination (2000), but even these were relying on the ‘teen’ formula. So where was any self respecting horror to turn? The answer was the East. The Asian horror film had yet to make a big breakthrough to the west, but this was all due to change with Miikes’ Audition (1999), a film that opened the flood gates to the wealth of untapped, undiluted horror films that an unsuspecting horror starved west just lapped up. With such giants as The Ring (1998), Ju-on (2000) and Dark Water (2002) (all, incidentally, now remade for the west) having one thing in common, they were genuinely frightening, something the west had failed to do for years! In amongst these there was a smaller film from the Pang brothers called The Eye (2002). It too was as frightening as any of the above, at least in the beginning; in fact I consider the ‘lift scene’ the most claustrophobic and frightening pieces of film I’ve ever seen. But it does suffer from the M. Night Shyamalan’s problem; that the scare factor drops dramatically once you realise what is going on. However, The Eye was hugely successful in its native land and has spawned two sequels the third of which, The Eye 10, is tonight’s feature presentation.</p><P>Five teenage friends that are happy go lucky thrill seekers are witness to the aftermath of a dreadful accident and one videos the poor unfortunate as they pass it on a buss. Later that evening, after some food and beer they start to try to scare one another by telling chilling stories. One such story is about a book titled the ‘10 Encounters’ that someone in the group picked up in a store; its premise is the ten different ways to see ghosts. The first two neatly encompass the first two films, but the other eight are all new. The group then take it upon themselves to try out some of these encounters to see if they can see ghosts. At first things move rather slowly, but soon their encounters become ever more frightening, ever more numerous until the group starts to get broken up as one by one the ghosts draw them into their limbo world. In a daring move to rescue their friends two of the group attempt the final encounter and voluntarily enter the limbo world, all they have to do is find their friends and then escape to the light in time……</p><P>Let me say right from the off that this film is not a patch on the original. It makes more than a few mistakes all of which derail the horror of the story and once that happens all that is left is a bore. Quite obviously the film has been targeted towards the teen audience, and like its western counterparts fails to engage in anything other than base humour. Talking of humour, the attempts made here are crass and vulgar or just plain don’t work and this is nothing to do with culture differences; possessed break dancing and farting to ward of ghosts is not funny in any language. But worse than this, the Pang brothers seem to have lost the art of scaring; gone is the lengthy build up, gone is the tension, gone is the payoff, all to be replaced by too much too soon. There are one or two scenes where their earlier work shines through, long lenses and creepy atmosphere; witness the underground ‘umbrella’ scene or the bouncing ball in the apartment corridor. Yet both these scenes ultimately fail because the music chosen becomes all too intrusive. Yet other creepy scenes are spoilt before that can get going by the aforementioned ‘humour’ which does nothing but pull one out of the film. All this and obvious ideas taken from other films, even their own; the shaking book pages from Donnie Darko, an elevator scene lifted straight from their own Eye but without the terror. Finally there are a number of plot points that are raised to fantastic effect and then quite suddenly dropped; the appearance of a girl that follows one of our group around works really effectively and when we discover why it works well, only to be dropped without explanation or closure!</p><P>Now all this is bad, and I am quite prepared to admit I maybe slightly over reacting because The Eye is one of my favourite movies and this effort did nothing but spoil my reflections of it. If taken by itself then perhaps one could gain a little satisfaction, there are some nice twists and turns in the plot and a nice rounding up final scene, if not totally original; it has a rocket pace for the MTV generation and at 84 minutes shouldn’t demand much from the viewer, a teen horror comedy at its most evident, watchable but uneventful and pretty inoffensive. But in the end <i>I</i> found the film all rather sad; a terrific idea very badly told and one that could and probably has destroyed the franchise; no way this one will ever be scheduled for a Hollywood remake.</p><P><B>Picture : 8</B></P><P>The disc has a theatrically correct 1.85:1 aspect anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs picture with an astonishing average bite rate of 9.25 Mbps. This huge rate accounts for what is an astonishing picture. Colours are well defined bright and vibrant; the picture has pin sharp clarity and the brightness and contrast levels are set to give gorgeous deep blacks that still carry the detail. There are no compression problems or edge enhancement anywhere to be seen, so it is such a shame to have to report some print damage that occurs as white specks that show up sporadically throughout the running of the film. One final note, there were a couple of occasions where I noticed some odd over saturation of colour leading to bleeding especially on the red; it only occurred in scenes meant to be scary so it is a possibility that this was intentional to give the picture an odd look. But as it was so infrequent and not especially prominent it also looked like poor colour correction. I’ve looked at it several times now and still cannot make up my mind. Aside from this the disc has a superb picture second only to New Police Story in its sheen.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/Eye10/Eye10R3_1.jpg' ALT='THE EYE 10'></P><P><B>Sound : 10</B></P><P>As with the picture, the sound too is utterly absorbing. The disc contains three 5.1 surround tracks, a Cantonese and Mandarin Dolby digital and a Cantonese DTS. As with the original Eye there is plenty of scope for surround especially when creating an eerie atmosphere and, when there is no score to ruin things, Eye 10 has it in spades. Deep rumbles high pitched whistles, screams, bells or whatever is needed to fully immerse one into the visuals - it has it all. The above mentioned underground and corridor scene are superlative in the direction and spread. So to is the limbo world with every one of the speakers gaining some of the action to make a fully surround experience, including echoes and wind noise; utterly fantastic.</p><P>The differences between the DTS and Dolby are not really pronounced both having excellent mixes. I think though in order of preference I would go with the DTS first, since this managed slightly more depth and a more rounded top end compared to the Cantonese Dolby, second, which slightly beats the Mandarin Dolby with its edgier midrange. This was all very close and I make the distinction based on the limbo scene where each track employed slightly different techniques of echo, reverb, underlying bass and crisp high end to open up the stage. A truly great set of tracks.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/Eye10/Eye10R3_2.jpg' ALT='THE EYE 10'></P><P><B>Extras : 3</B></P><P> The Story, the Ten Encounters and Cast and Credits section are just notes that you can flick through, really nothing to get excited about.</p><P>The Making of is sectioned into two parts, and both have English subtitles. Both cover similar ground, which is the story, the idea of the ten encounters, their origin with plenty of film footage too. There are numerous interviews with the cast and crew and a few behind the scenes video clips all mashed together in a mock Hollywood ‘entertainment special’ / MTV-esc featurette. Very few nuggets of information are given and it’s all to quick, but it has a nice widescreen ratio and is worth one watch if only for the research put into the encounter ideas and the one that was inspired by real events!</p><P>Finally there is a trailer for the film which gives far too much away and this copy came with some excellent quality photo stills.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/Eye10/Eye10R3_3.jpg' ALT='THE EYE 10'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br><P>For user information we use Bitrate 1.4 to scan the disk for the video bitrate, which also calculates the average bitrate. Below is a graph illustrating the bitrate of the disk, including the average bitrate reading. This disk averaged at 9.25 Mbps.</p></P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/Eye10/Eye10R3_BR.jpg' ALT='THE EYE 10'></P><P><B>Verdict : 5</B></P><P>At the end of the day I didn’t think too much of Eye 10 as a film, it was all to rushed in an attempt to get scares and thrills in woo a teen audience and then try to entertain them with crass humour. It just didn’t work in my book and kind of insults the original film. As a disc, even with a great transfer and a superb sound track the distinct lack of anything decent in the extras, aside form the excellent photo prints, make is a so-so product.</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1003962976" 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>EYE 10 (2005)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genre</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HORROR' target='_blank'>HORROR</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=OXIDE PANG CHUN
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    DANNY PANG</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=BO-LIN CHEN' target='_blank'>BO-LIN CHEN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=YU GU' target='_blank'>YU GU</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=BONGKOJ KHONGMALAI' target='_blank'>BONGKOJ KHONGMALAI</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ISABELLA LEUNG' target='_blank'>ISABELLA LEUNG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KATE YEUNG' target='_blank'>KATE YEUNG</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>0</B> <FONT>(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Media Asia. Released Thursday 19th May 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$25.99</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>84 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>21</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>Cantonese Dolby digital 5.1<BR>Cantonese <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='DTS Soundtrack'> 5.1<BR>Mandarin Dolby digital 5.1</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Traditional Chinese, Simplified 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>The Story<BR>The Ten Encounters<BR>Making of featurette<BR>Trailer<BR>Cast and Credits</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     
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    Good review, but I think you've been a bit too easy on it! It is, without doubt, one of the worst films I have ever seen. I first saw it a couple of months ago, and even now, the thought of it makes my right eye spasm uncontrollably. It is that bad.

    Why did the Pang Brothers decide to ditch 'proper' horror for this juvenile rubbish? This movie is clearly aimed at the "early teen date movie" market as they have removed all the chills and scares and replaced them with fart jokes. Could they not see that this would completely alienate the fans they gained from The Eye and The Eye 2?

    As far as I'm concerned, this movie was never made. The title just got lost in translation; it is actually not connected to The Eye or The Eye 2 at all. Just an unhappy coincidence about the name... Hmmm. :suicide:
     

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