Mute Witness (DVD)

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has given viewers another chance to appreciate an underrated thriller, with their dvd release of “MUTE WITNESS”.   

This intelligent, gripping thriller revolves around Billy, a likeable make-up artist, working on an American film being made in Russia.  She’s mute, and after getting locked in the studio one day, and unable to communicate to get help, is stuck there.  As she waits, resigning to grin and bare it until crew arrives again, things get much, much worse, as she finds that the after-hours set is being used to make a snuff film.  Making matters worse, the killers have ties with so many officials, there’s no one she can trust.  The film’s been compared to works of Hitchcock, and it’s generally a fair comparison.  There’s an intelligent, visual style at hand, and even though “MUTE WITNESS” begins to drag a bit near the end, it’s still quite entertaining.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the films 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are generally solid, but even though there’s less grain here than on the laserdisc version, it’s still burdensome at times. Contrast is fine, allowing for good detail in darker scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a terrific Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround mix.  Similar to the laserdisc mix, this one has better delineation, making key sequences, as with the opening sequence, more effective.  It’s not an aggressive mix, but an entertaining one. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. 

Several trailers are included.