SRP $28.95 1.85:1 PCM 5.1 SONY
 

David Koepp has written some fine screenplays and his directorial debut, "TRIGGER EFFECT" was terrific in many ways. Unfortunately, his adaptation of the Stephen King novella, "SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN" should have been left alone. This exploration of a writer and troublesome occurrences revolving around the time he's going through a traumatic separation from his wife, has some suspenseful moments. But, when it has ended, one is left frustrated, annoyed and bored!  The "surprise" revelation at the climax has been seen too many times before and even Depp's fine performance can't make up for the film's many frailties.

SONY has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 1.85:1 transfer.  It's a great looking transfer. Colors are solid and even vibrant, much more so than on the standard dvd. Detail is noticeably improved as well. Darker scenes maintain great depth, an important fact as there are so many of these. There are flaws relating to the Computer Generated effects moments, but these were visible in dvd and theatrical presentations as well.

SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  It's an aggressive mix, with plenty of surround/panning effects. At times, even within a thriller, these effects can overshadow the film's environment, making the film's other flaws more transparent. The dynamic range and surround involvement is noticeably improved over the dvd.

SONY has carried over the extras from the dvd, including a dull commentary.