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SRP $29.98 2.40:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 FOX
 
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SRP $39.98 2.40:1 DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 FOX
 

Sorry, but this reviewer just doesn't get the fanfare attributed to Director Alexandra Aja.. His recent remake of a Korean horror film, "MIRRORS," doesn't do anything to improve upon the original or address any of that one's shortcomings, and if going to remake something, why not improve upon it?  When Ben Carson takes a job as a night watchman for a burned out building that used to be a huge department store, it doesn't seem too peculiar to him that the only thing not burnt to a cinder, are the polished mirrors.  Borrowing from other thrillers, better and slightly worse, Ben's an alcoholic(SHINING) and when he starts seeing strange things in the mirrors, he knows evil is afoot, even though everyone else blames his meds and alcoholism. Even worse, the evil isn't confined to the building, it can transcend to the exterior via any type of reflection. Soon enough, Ben's entire family is faced with unspeakable horror.

Kiefer Sutherland does a decent job here, but the script is just atrocious. There's nothing new here, and while Aja keeps the film moving, it's still not going anywhere that hasn't been seen before. There are a few thrills at least, and maybe that's a big deal considering how lame most horror films have been for some time. But, ultimately one expects more from the film, especially since Sutherland's celebrity, affords the ability for him to not have to do mediocre films.

FOX has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray and 16:9 enhanced dvd.. Colors aren't ever vibrant, and while the grain present helps create a gritty atmosphere that one suspects Aja wants, it also diminishes the detail to many scenes. Many of the settings are intentionally dark, and less than inky blacks also prevent the kind of depth one expects on blu-ray. There are some moments wherein the detail jumps off the screen, but for the most part, the image isn't much better than the dvd. Both offer natural fleshtones(when one isn't bleeding!) But, neither format stands out as anything too impressive.

FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio mix for the blu-ray, and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd.  Both mixes are aggressive and feature an array of discrete, panning and bass effects. The Lossy mix offers notably deeper bass, however one can't go wrong with either mix here. They're both really good.

FOX has included deleted/alternate scenes(none of which could've improved anything) as well as an alternate ending. There are numerous featurettes and BonusView extras for the blu-ray.