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Dead Silence (HD-DVD/DVD Combo Format)


Picture: B/C+     Sound: B/C+     Extras: C     Film: C



It has been a while since anyone made a film that involved wooden dummies, but James Wan (of Saw fame) tries and sadly fails in the disappointing Dead Silence, which involves an exceptionally made dummy of old vintage that is delivered to an unsuspecting couple (Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta) who do not know there is something sinister going on.


Unfortunately, the screenplay by Leigh Whannell has many good ideas and does not know what to do with them.  The production design and actual puppets are authentic looking, but some of the digital work from the faux film scratches in the opening credits is lame.  Ultimately, this never adds up and all I wanted to do was watch the Anthony Hopkins film Magic (reviewed elsewhere on this site) again.  This is a curio at best, but above most of the straight-to-DVD Horror junk we have suffered through lately.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 VC- 1 digital High Definition image is better than the anamorphically enhanced DVD-Video side, but both have some depth limits from the digital internegative, with the bad digital work that sometimes surfaces and gutted color in scenes to bring this down a peg in quality.  John R. Leonetti’s cinematography is good, but should have been left less tampered with.  The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix on the HD side and regular Dolby 5.1 on the DVD side are slightly compressed in the middle throughout, ruining an otherwise decent sound mix.  Charlie Clouser’s score is not half bad either.  Extras include deleted scenes, a making of featurette visual FX piece, piece on Mary Shaw, Music Video, alternate opening and alternate closings that were no better or worse than what we got.  At least the Saw guys are trying to be ambitious as that franchise declines.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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