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Mirrors 2 Unrated (2010/Fox Blu-ray + DVD w/Into The Mirror (2003))

 

Picture: B-/C+ Sound: B/B- Extras: B- Feature: C-

 

 

A few years ago, Kiefer Sutherland appeared in Mirrors, part of a trend of U.S. remakes of Asian Horror films. It was not that good and it only did so well, but Fox decided to come up with a sequel and Mirrors 2 (2010) which has a generic cover, but actually stars the underrated Nick Stahl (Sin City, In The Bedroom, Terminator 3) as a young man disturbed by a car accident who thinks he is seeing things in mirrors.

 

However, the more we see his therapy session, the more we realize they may not be very necessary. His predecessor (the talented Evan Jones of Book Of Eli, Rescue Dawn and Jarhead among others) at work seems to have lost his mind, yet may also know a darker truth. When other people at the same company they work for start finding bizarre ways to die, the race is on to find out why before it is too late.

 

The first 20 minutes or so here is surprisingly good, but after that, we slowly start to become overcome with a bad combination of overdone make-up effects and badly done digital work, which undermines what could have been a surprisingly good sequel. Stahl carries things often when the Matt Verne script fails and Director Victor Garcia (known for his TV and straight-to-video genre sequels) handles some of this well, but it eventually falls apart and misses the mark. At least no one involved will have seven years bad luck and it was good while it lasted.

 

 

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 AVC @ 18 MBPS digital High Definition image is on the flat side with color that has been far too toned down (likely to make the digital effects less obvious, but that backfires) and the anamorphically enhanced DVD is not any better. Both have detail and depth limits, though the source is clean. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix offered here is superior to the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on the DVD version, but neither offers much demo material, yet this was well recorded and offers a decent soundfield throughout. The DTS is more consistent than many 5.1 mixes we have run into lately on Blu-ray.

 

Extras include Bonusview on the Blu-ray only, plus Deleted Scenes and two making of featurettes in both formats. Best of all, the DVD adds a flipside that offers the original film that inspired the two U.S. versions in standard 1.85 X 1 definition and it turns out that Into The Mirror (2003) is superior to both of its counterparts and is very good in terms of suspense and clever moments. It is a Korean thriller and worth your time.

 

For more on the first Mirrors from the U.S., try this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/8190/Mirrors+%E2%80%93+Unrated+(Fox

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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