Fallen
Warner Bros. / 1998 / 119 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
I didn't like Fallen when I originally saw it at the theater, but now looking back at this movie a couple of times now, I find it growing on me. The story is a strange yet compelling one, with a great twist. Detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) is the man responsible for bringing in vicious serial killer Edgar Reece (Elias Koteas) to the gas chamber. He is executed and Hobbes thinks it's all over, but really it's just beginning because Reece practiced voodoo & mystical powers, so when he was executed his soul transfers to the next nearest body, so just from touching another person, he can become someone else and keep murdering, and that's what he is up to, he starts a murder spree again. At first Hobbes doesn't realize what's happening, but after fitting clues together he realizes, it's either a copycat murderer or someone else. But how can Hobbes beat his sworn enemy? Every time he shoots Reece, his spirit lands a new body and continues. Will he succeed in finally defeating Reece? And if so how?
VIDEO
Picture quality seemed only average as I noticed quite a bit of noise in the print, especially in the darker scenes. Although it's not very bad and you really have to look hard to see it, other than the print was quite good. 

There were no real MPEG glitches or problems.

Fallen is Framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO
Fallen is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and again is rather average. On the whole the front and rear speakers got a good workout, it seemed to me that the center channel was recorded at a lower level than the rest of the speakers, as such some of the dialog seemed drowned out. The rest of the sound from the surround and .1 channels were quite impressive.
EXTRAS
A few extras on this disc, firstly there is the theatrical trailer, framed a 1:85:1 it looks and sounds very impressive. There is also a directors commentary by the director and producers, it seemed quite enlightening but it did seem to get a little dull towards the latter half of the movie, the one thing I did like about the commentary was the fact that each commentator had there own speaker, Left, Center, Right and was very effective. Other than that all there is are the usual production notes, cast lists and scene selections.

Subtitles include: English, Arabic, Closed Captions.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I would get this one mainly if you liked the movie. If your looking for a good disc to show off, this isn't it. But if you like this kind of movie, I would add it to your collection today. Great stuff.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound 5.1 speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 14:20:45 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 119 minutes
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 29/1/99
Catalog Number: T6434
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 32
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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