It's sad to realize that when UNIVERSAL chose to remake one of the best serial killer films ever made, "MANHUNTER," even with a great case, including Ed Norton and Ralph Fiennes, it ended up being horrible as "RED DRAGON." However, before the remake, UNIVERSAL made a far worse film with "THE WATCHER." James Spader stars as a detective trying to nab a serial killer, played by Keanu Reeves. After accepting the killer will probably never be caught, he begins a new life in a new city and the killer begins to tease Spader, by sending him photos of a new target, a pretty doctor, played by Marisa Tomei. There's nothing new here and not even an attempt at a surprise ending.
UNIVERSAL has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Although the overall image is improved upon over the standard dvd, there aren't any scenes that have a pop off the screen effect. Colors vary in intensity, sometimes appearing rich and at other times appearing quite dull. The majority of the film's design is dark, and without deep blacks and grays, it's a pretty flat image.
UNIVERSAL has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix. The mix is more aggressive than we'd expected it to be. Music and discrete effects are presented through all speakers. Balance is off at times, necessitating an increase in the center channel.