SRP $27.95 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 WARNER BROS.

When hearing that Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr. were attached to star in a horror thriller named “GOTHIKA,” many film lovers had to have to hope that such a fine cast would only become involved with an intelligent film, something that with the exception of “THE OTHERS” and “THE SIXTH SENSE” are far too uncommon these days. Unfortunately, in spite of a few good thrills, there’s very little “intelligent” about this film. Berry plays Miranda Gray, a psychiatrist working in the mental ward of a maximum security prison. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve pretty much seen the film! Almost right after the film starts, she awakens to a nightmare! She’s found herself to be a patient at the very same mental ward she used to be the professional at! Grab ya? Not really, and it won’t grab most viewers. There needs to be some kind of intelligent reasoning or twist to “explain” and “justify” various incidents throughout the film, but they never arrive. Worse still, is that the conclusion never answers the most gaping plot holes in recent cinema history. Adding even more to the confusion is that one would expect that if the main character was intelligent enough to become a psychiatrist, she could piece things together a lot more easily than she does here! Again, there are some real thrills, but more often than not, there are just annoying actions. WARNER BROS. has preserved the film’s correct 1.77:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. While there are a few instances of grain, this is typically a wonderful transfer. Colors are solid throughout and there’s excellent detail. Any softness appears to have been intentional. Contrast is fine, and fleshtones(of living beings) appear natural. WARNER BROS. has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and it’s aggressive! From the opening scene until the lackluster ending, there’s nothing disappointing about the mix. There are plenty of atmospheric and engrossing effects. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. An audio commentary with the film’s director and cinematographer is included. Unfortunately, neither appears to realize the film’s flaws. A music video from Limp Bizkit doing a retooling of “BEHIND BLUE EYES” from THE WHO, is offered. It features lead singer Fred Durst and Berry, and a well publicized, overhyped kissing scene.