Any film adaptation of a beloved book is sure to disappoint some of the book's fans. As good as "JOY LUCK CLUB," there were those unhappy with that masterpiece. Well, Susan Cooper is no "Amy Tan," but her "DARK IS RISING" series had legions of fans, and while the film takes many, many liberties, the young viewers/fans of the series, were happy with the dvd. An average young boy, Will Stanton, finds that he's actually "the Seeker," a warrior with the innate powers and duty to protect the world from the "dark." The supporting cast of characters, provide some fun and tense drama, due to fine performances from such talent as Ian McShane(DEADWOOD) and Christopher Eccleston.
There are some sluggish moments, at least for this adult viewer, all too familiar with superior tales of young men recognizing their abilities and greater responsibilities. But, the kids this has been targeted for, should enjoy "THE SEEKER," for what it is.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this release, with a pan&scan version on the flip side. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement is preferred, as compositions are well constructed and destroyed with cropping. The screener provided by FOX has uneven image quality. Colors are often vibrant, but there's a surprising amount of grain and video noise. Hopefully, the final product won't have this problem.
FOX has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix. While it lacks the dynamic range of "bigger" Harry Potter-like film epics, the surrounds kick in effectively during key moments, and the bass is prominent for maximum impact at just the right time. The music isn't particularly memorable, but it blends well with the effects and dialogue, without any effect overcoming the other