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Mirrors Unrated (Fox Blu-ray)


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



Kiefer Sutherland has always been an actor that Ive wanted to like, unfortunately his films are more miss than hit and over the years hes become more of a disappointment.  His career is then revitalized with the hit series 24, and just when fans think he is has the clout to pull off a return to the big screen, he pulls of a film like Mirrors, which is like a slap in the face to those who had any hope in Sutherland becoming a more prolific actor, you knowlike his father.


Maybe Sutherland had more faith in director Alexandre Aja, who directed the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, which was an admirable remake that we covered hereMirrors though is nowhere near the film as it becomes tangled in its own psychological mess.  The film focuses on a former cop (Sutherland) who is attempting to make sense of his life, his circumstances, and he winds up as a security clerk guarding the remains of a Mayflower department store in New York City.  What seems like a mundane and routine job soon becomes a horrifying nightmare as terrifying images become all-too-real in the stores mirrors and now he must find a way to reveal the secrets behind the stores mysterious past in order to save his future.


In some way or another, we have seen better examples of this film, even 2003s Gothika (reviewed here) worked in more substantial ways.  Its not to say that the execution behind the film falls short, but the story combined with too many unoriginal ideas only cause the end result to fall a bit flat and feel too much like things weve seen done before and done better.


Arriving to Blu-ray from Fox, the film receives a strikingly strong 2.40 X 1 High Definition transfer in 1080p.  The film is filled with a variety of dark scenes or highly stylized near-grayscale scenes that look very pronounced and demonstrate the range of color and depth that Blu-ray can offer, even in darker scenes.  While the overall palette of colors is far more subdued in nature, the Blu-ray handles this well and still extracts the level of resolution that we are beginning to get used to on Blu-ray release that are done well.


Likewise we have an impressive DTS-HD 5.1 sound option that is lively and engaging with lots of playful directional effects throughout that work well for a suspenseful film as the soundtrack helps play with our emotions.  The mix is pounding at times, while other times its sparse, but every nuance comes through with accuracy and clarity and does help bring the film to life, even if its nothing super original.


Extras include a digital copy, plus both the theatrical and the unrated versions are available on this 50GB disc.  Audio commentary by Aja, the making of supplements are included as well, plus deleted scenes and alternate ending with directors optional commentary, there is also the D-Box motion control system and all this stacked together make for an impressive collective for a mediocre film, fans will likely enjoy the extras though.



- Nate Goss


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