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The Frighteners
1996 (1998) - Universal Home Video

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

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Film Rating: C
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): B+/B+/D
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!

Specs and Features

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 Captioned

Bottom line

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.

Todd Doogan
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