The Frighteners
Universal / 1996 / 105 Mins / Rated M15+

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Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video


MOVIE
The Frighteners is a delightful black comedy starring Michael J. Fox as Frank Bannister. Frank is an expert in the paranormal, he evicts ghosts from people houses. The only problem is that he is in cahoots with the ghosts! They are played by Chi Mcbride as Cyrus and Jim Fyfe as Stuart. Also look for John Astin the Sheriff.

Residents of the town are aware of this and he is exposed in the local paper and his business goes down the toilet. Days later people are carking it left right and center from heart attacks, but these are not normal heart attacks, there is a serial killer ghost going around committing these murders.

Frank and his sidekick ghosts are the only ones that know that this is happening and with attempts to stop this serial killer ghost gets them in even more trouble and actually the blame for these murders.

This is an enjoyable movie with good performances by all the cast and is a good way to spend 2 hours.

VIDEO
This transfer is very sharp and detailed with very good color saturation and contrast. Blacks are a deep black as well. This is very commendable considering a lot of this movie is shot at night. 

There are some very minor MPEG artifacts during the first 20 minutes of the movie and then they disappear after that.. The original film print also has some errors and slight shimmering during some scenes. 

The Frighteners is framed at 2:35:1 and is not 16:9 enhanced.

This is an RSDL disc. The layer change occurs at 53:20.

AUDIO

Quite a few sound formats on this disc, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound in the following languages English, French, Italian & Spanish. There is also a German 2.0 track and 2 stereo tracks in Polish & Czech.

The sound throughout this movie is very immersive and bass rich, in fact the .1 channel refuses to shut up and it practically gets more use than the other speakers. The surrounds were used effectively and sound steering was well integrated into the mix.

The dialog was easy to hear throughout the movie.

EXTRAS
An average set of extras but still most appreciated.

Theatrical Trailer: A good trailer framed at 1:85:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Subtitles Include: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese

FINAL THOUGHTS
A good movie on a disc that is sadly not 16:9 enhanced.

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 14:30:16 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 105 minutes
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 12/2/00
Catalog Number: DU31037
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 16
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: No
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:






English
French
Italian
Spanish
German
Polish
Czech
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
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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