SRP $28.95 2.40:1 DOLBY TrueHD 5.1 SONY

Allegedly based on a real event, "THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE" offers great actors, decent direction, and sluggish pacing, a death knell for a horror film!  Perhaps, that's the real problem with "THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE," in that it's not a horror film, although it's marketed as one and the studio tries hard to bring out that aspect of the film, which collides in a heavy-handed way with the rest of the film's atmosphere.  In truth, the film's mostly a courtroom drama, and as most people know, courts are rarely as exciting as depicted in tv and film.  Tom Wilkinson is great as a priest charged with criminal neglect after a young girl in his care, dies following a long, drawn out exorcism. Watching the film, it is more likely that the girl died of boredom!  The supporting cast, including Laura Linney as the defense attorney and the young actress playing Emily, in flashback, are all impressive. There are actually a few eerie, atmospheric moments, but the film's truly chilling moment, works brilliantly in its subtle simplicity. It's a scene with a voice-over from Wilkinson, depicting a quick, but restrained shot of the darkened, hooded figure, one assumes is the devil himself, and it left this reviewer with a minor nightmare. Too bad the rest of the film couldn't capture the brilliance of that shot!

SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release.  The transfer, while never vibrant, is impressive throughout! Colors are inherently drab, as it's a courtroom drama, and the snowy or fog-filled flashback moments create difficult lighting for colors to appear rich within.  But, especially in direct comparison to its dvd counterpart, the detail is often dazzling. There are many moments filled with "pop off the screen" resolution!  A really solid presentation!

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  Due to the majority of the film being courtroom based, there are long periods of ho-hum ambience. But, during flashbacks and most scenes out of the courtroom, an immersive sound experience kicks in, providing great discrete and bass effects. Even subtler moments within the priest's dormitory, are given scary impact due to the mix. It's also notably better in dynamic range than that of the dvd counterpart.

All of the featurettes, deleted scenes and a commentary from the dvd are carried over(in standard def). Trailers are offered in full HD.