Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 1/25/99
1996 (1998) - Universal
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
Peter Jackson is one of today's most talented fantasy filmmakers.
Everything he touches turns to gold -- except this. It couldn't make
up it's mind. As a comedy, it's simply cute. As a horror film, it's
very creepy. As a special effects romp, it rocks the house. Put it
all together, and you have a schizo flick. I liked it, but I
wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Why Universal would put out a DVD with no real extras, and follow
it with an extras-loaded laserdisc a few months later, is beyond me.
The overall quality is great. The sound and picture are Universal
quality. But damn, what about the extras?
Overall Rating: C
It's a good standard DVD from Universal, but now I gotta go out and
get the laserdisc edition. That ticks me off. Sure I love my
laserdisc player, but I just bought the DVD, holmes!
110 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 enhanced,
single-sided, singled-layered, Amaray keep case packaging,
production notes, cast and crew bios, theatrical trailer,
film-themed menus, scene access (16 chapters), languages: English
(DD 5.1), French (DD 2.0), subtitles: English & Spanish, Close
Like I said, if you're a Jackson fan, it's a no brainer -- buy it.
If you like Michael J. Fox, this ain't Back
To The Future. It's a 50/50 shot that you'll enjoy it.
Rent it, and see if you want to own it.