Upon first viewing the theatrical trailer in an arthouse, this reviewer was couldn't wait to finally see "Cache". When it finally ended, this reviewer couldn't wait to turn it off and stretch and curse the critics that had been so adamantly promoting it as a great film! B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One could easily mistake the film's slow start, as the rudimentary requirements for building a psychological thriller. Unfortunately, in reality, the slow start, was just that and an omen of the slow middle and meandering, never feels like it's going to end, but still abrupt conclusion to follow.
Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche star as a husband and wife, whose privacy is being invaded by the appearance of videotapes at their front door. Upon viewing the tapes, they find that what's on them is nothing more than surveillance of their home, for long extended periods of time. The tapes keep coming and initially, it's an intriguing premise, disturbing in their simplistic menace to the viewer as much as the characters onscreen. But, even this effect wears off soon as the tapes keep coming and Auteuil's trek to solve what's behind them goes off into various tangents, none of which ultimately leave the viewer satisfied with the vaguest form of resolution. While critics have been praising "CACHE" as brilliant, this critic truly considers it to be "DULL", and senseless! While some suggest the unresolved ending is daring, this critic suggests the ending is unimaginative and ultimately infuriating.
SONY has preserved the film's 1.75:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image is flawless! This is a demonstration-quality dvd! Detail is staggering from beginning to end! It's unfortunate that such a bad film has been given such a stellar transfer, whereas many superior films have not!
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.0 mix. Again, the mix is wonderful! "CACHE" is dialogue-driven, but silence, and a very unique kind of silence, is often at hand on the mix, and it's impeccably represented here. Every subtle nuance is discernible here. A wonderful example of how an almost monaural mix can be brilliant!
SONY has included some extras as well.