It's pretty obvious that a film's got major problems when its intended release date is announced then re-scheduled "years" apart! Trade papers also were kept busy commenting on the numerous firings, re-shoots and other calamities affecting the film's production. Still, this reviewer went to see the film "hoping" for the best. There were moments wherein it felt like it could be going somewhere refreshing. Ultimately, there was nothing new offered.
However, upon finding that there were two dvd versions being released,...one "unrated" and one "rated", there were hopes that the unrated version would preserve Wes Craven's original vision before it became distorted by the studio. While it's certainly better than the theatrical version, it's only "slightly" so! There's some more gore, but the film and its atmosphere is surprisingly drained of chills and long on scenes that do nothing to move the film along!
One positive thing that can be said is that it's far more entertaining to watch on dvd than it was in theaters. "CURSED" never realizes its hinted at potential. But, this fact is even more recognizable and somewhat intriguing when watching it at home without any distraction.
Christina Ricci is the main character here and when she and her brother accidentally hit something on the road, it's only seconds before the audience figures out it was a werewolf. For some, inexplicable, stupid reason, the brother still seems to be questioning this fact, even after being bitten, as he searches the internet for info. He's one of those idiots you just don't care about! Unfortunately, this character has way too much screen time devoted to him, and not enough is devoted to the beautiful Ricci.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 2.35:1 image, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and there's fine detail in even the numerous dark scenes. There is minimal grain. Fleshtones appear natural.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While there are some engaging surround effects, the discrete effects are restrained for the most part, utilized mostly to enhance the music. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Several featurettes are offered, focusing on cast and crew discussing the film. An interesting featurette focusing on the film's editing, "CREATURE EDITING 101" offers a chance for capabable director Patrick Lussier, to discuss his choices in editing.