SRP$29.99 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 BUENA VISTA

The horror thriller, “WES CRAVEN’S THEY” rushed in and out of theaters last year, but those sad to have missed it, have a new chance to catch the dvd presentation from BUENA VISTA.  After a predictable but effective opening, in which a boy, Billy, complains to his mom about demons out to get him, right before being dragged by them beneath his bed, in horror.

The movie then moves forward in time, and Billy’s friend from childhood, Julia is grown up, pretty, and interested in learning more about the mystery of what stalked them in childhood.
While one should credit the director with at least trying to be effective by suggesting rather than throwing things at the viewer, without real craftsmanship, this only works so far.
Worse, virtually all of the characters lack depth, and one can’t really feel concern for them, hence there’s no real suspense as to what’s going to happen next!

There’s far too few surprises to recommend this to all, but the most die-hard horror fan, and even “they” might be disappointed.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.  While colors are solid, the image lacks depth in more than a few instances.  It’s adequate, but tends to be too soft. Contrast is fine, with generally deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear natural.

BUENA VISTA has presented a terrific Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release.  It’s unfortunate that the film isn’t as creative as the sound design. There are many moments in which the surrounds kick in with great results.  There is also plenty of bass throughout the film. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

An alternate ending, which adds nothing to the film, is offered as an extra, along with several trailers.