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A Haunting In Connecticut (2009/Lionsgate Blu-ray + DVD-Video)


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



In yet another bad haunted house film, Peter Cornwell’s A Haunting In Connecticut (2009) makes the phony claim that the original Amityville Horror did that all the supernatural events are real, but this is so bad, only appearances by the underrated Virginia Madsen and Elias Koteas save this from being a total dud.  However, from the Amityville-looking house to the formula of the events, this film puts the “con” in Connecticut, something the state and its people could do without!


Besides the new cliché that murderous supernatural forces just love to be in New England and surrounding states (guess the winters don’t affect them much), but that is never explained either.  The attempts to do drama as if the family-as-victim does not know what to do could have worked, but co-writers Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe do not know there way around this genre and it shows constantly, PG-13 or Uncut.  Both versions are available in both formats, but neither works, even with the Uncut offering 10 extra minutes.  Watch Kubrick’s The Shining again instead.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was actually shot in Super 35mm film and is surprisingly weak throughout with too much digital manipulation, even when there are no visual effects.  The anamorphically enhanced DVD is worse and it is obvious that the colors are being tampered with in the silliest of ways.  Adam Swica had lensed Romero’s Diary Of The Dead and this is no improvement.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 7.1 mix on the Blu-ray is not that active and sometimes the soundfield is awkward.  The Dolby Digital EX 5.1 mix on the DVD is poorer and no more accurate.  Nothing much impresses throughout, so you’re not missing much there either.  Extras include Digital Copy of PC and PC portable devices, audio commentary by many involved, four making of featurettes, trailer and Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Cornwell.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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