While itís easy to cheer empathize with anyone wishing to shut Paris Hilton up, either permanently or even for a little while, the menace in the recent WB remake of House of Wax, manages to disturb the viewer in the way the director intended, at least for a while. Unfortunately, the film canít seem to shake the typical clichťs that lurk around every corner of virtually every teen-targeted horror film of the past decade. Itís got to be possible for a studio to pay enough for a good writer to bring a little depth to this kind of filmís characters, but for some reason they havenít. Everyone in this film is a comic book-type and serves as little more than for the audience to guess which is next in line to be murdered, and with what kind of disgusting demise. The biggest saving grace of the film is Elisha Cuthbert, whom, somehow manages to still look attractive without being ridiculously dolled up, as is the case in most of these kinds of films. There are enough disturbing moments to satisfy the viewers whoíve enjoyed the kinds of horror films that have been released in the past decade, and a few legitimately suspenseful moments to engage the more cynical viewer as well.
WARNER BROS. has released this title on both HD-DVD and now BLU-RAY. WARNER BROS. has preserved the filmís 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The look of the film is intentionally dark, so colors never achieve the vibrancy that would make this stand out in HIGH DEFINITION in comparison to other BLU-RAY releases. Still, the detail is terrific, even in the darkest night scenes, of which there are many. Grain is present in many scenes, but itís never annoying, considering the filmís intended design. Itís a better looking image than the dvd, especially in terms of its detail, but it never screams out HIGH DEFINITION!
WARNER BROS. has presented a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix for this BLU-RAY release. For some reason, WB has not been choosing to release PCM 5.1 yet for BLU-RAY releases, even while offering DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 for their HD-DVD releases. While not an aggressive mix, it gets the job done. Surrounds are used effectively, but sparingly. The front soundstage is pretty lively with separation and the music is well complimented with all speakers. There is noticeably better dynamic range here than on the standard dvd. The extras from the dvd, including a blooper reel and cast interviews, have all been carried over here.