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DREAMWORKS has released the most recent asian horror
film remake, "THE UNINVITED," adapted from the original thriller, "A TALE OF TWO
Anna is a sweet young girl contending with the "real" horror of having a mother
she loves, dying a horrible death from cancer. The important time she has left
to care for her mother abruptly ends when a fire rages through her home, sending
Anna into despair, depression and ultimately an unsuccessful suicide attempt
that has her briefly institutionalized. Soon after the film's opening, Anna is
being released from the institution, returning home to her father and his sexy,
young, girlfriend, the previous nurse for her mom! Anna is also suffering from a
recurring dream, and other apparitions, all of which appear to be tied in with
the memory loss from events immediately preceeding the horrible fire and death
of her mom.
As the story of "THE UNINVITED" unfolds, Anna and her older sister, try to
uncover the dark secrets of the fateful night in which their mother died, as
their father's girlfriend appears to be trying to prevent them from digging too
deep. Most of the film comes across as sort of a "MELROSE PLACE"(the newer one)
meets "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER," albeit more tastefully done, much less
graphic, and with a fine polish to it. However, the film rises far above its
mediocre tendencies with a suprisingly effective, bold climax, wherein a
revelation occurs, succeeding in making one re-think all of the narrative
leading up to it. Sure, it's gimmicky, but undeniably effective.
All of the actors, including David Straitharn, are terrific and DREAMWORKS
continues their streak at elevating every genre film they release with a quality
making it notably better than what could've been done with most other studios.
DREAMWORKS has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for the (16:9
enhanced)dvd and 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are extremely vibrant, with
"THE UNINVITED" offering a distinctively glossier appearance than most horror
films. The film's summer in Maine location, makes the utmost of the outdoors and
could serve as a travel booster for the area! Both dvd and blu-ray provide a
wonderful image, however, the depth of blu-ray is notably better in virtually
every shot. Contrast is excellent on blu-ray and generally impressive on dvd.
However, Blacks lack the inky levels found on blu-ray, offering less detail in
darker scenes on the dvd presentation. Colors are also more subdued during these
DREAMWORKS has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for blu-ray and standard Dolby
Digital 5.1 for dvd. While front-heavy, ambient effects pop up throughout, and
the music enhances the film's atmosphere with a fully immersive environment.
While it's not an aggressive mix, the film's atmosphere is elevated
appropriately and with a more natural flair than typical horror films. Both
mixes are good, but the lossy mix offers notably better dynamic range and bass
Extras include a dull featurette and four deleted scenes, along with an
alternate ending. Unfortunately, none of these are worthwhile, and the alternate
ending is really more of an extension, and was rightfully excised.