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The Invisible

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Violence, Crinimality, Sensuality and Language - All Involving Teens)

Running Time: 102 minutes

Starring: Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Chris Marquette and Marcia Gay Harden

Screenplay by: Mick Davis and Christine Roum
Based upon the novel "Den Dysnuge" by: Mats Wahl

Directed by: David S. Goyer

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Audio Commentary with Director David S. Goyer and Co-Writer Christine Roum, Audio Commentary with Co-Writer Mick Davis, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary, Music Videos

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (16 Scenes)

Released: October 16th, 2007

 

 

"The Invisible" is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it's a pretty good transfer - but not without its flaws. Edge halos are heavy, and the contrast is turned up way too high: a distracting amount of noise and shimmering is very apparent. Edge enhancement is also notciable, and the print used for the transfer also has some specks and blemishes. The image isn't entirely sharp, but it's not too soft, either. On the more positive side though, color saturation is pretty bold, fleshtones look remarkably accurate and detail is illuminating. Despite the distracting portions, the transfer is pretty pleasing overall.

 

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track fits the bill. Dialogue is pretty crisp and quite clear, while the music pump in a lot of life: the alternative songs especially, as well as Marco Beltrami's moody score. Surround sounds are pretty visceral, too and bring another layer of suspense to the mystery. Fidelity for the mix is high, and the dynamic range is strong. The subwoofer also gets a decent amount of action, too.

The DVD also has a French 5.1 Dolby Digital track, a Spanish Dolby Surround track, plus subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

 

The disc has two Audio Commentaries. The first is with Director David S. Goyer and Co-Writer Christime Roum. This is a good and very thoughtful commentary, that covers a lot of ground about the making of the film. Goyer and Roum touch upon the film's story and some it's more subtle nuances, but I was more impressed by Goyer's directorial choices. He talks a decent amount about the film's sound design, and elements in it that I didn't notice. There's also a lot on the film's cinematography, and how tricky shots were accomplished and how certain kinds of techniques and cameras were meant to represent different environments. This is a talky and pretty balanced commentary, and I got the impression that the filmmakers were proud of their work and put a lot of details into making the film. If you want to know more details about this film, then I recommend a listen.

The second commentary features the other writer, Mick Davis. Davis also wrote the original Swedish film this American adaptation is based on. The problem with this commentary is stated up-front: Davis says this is the first time he's watching the movie ("just like [us]"... uh, probably not? Does anyone watch a movie with commentary before seeing the movie by itself first?). This commentary has a lot of quiet moments (probably because Davis is too distracted to see how the final product came out), and when Davis speaks, he says things that the audience has either inferred or probably knows. Davis touches a bit on inspirations for the characters, and a little about the original Swedish film, but there really isn't a lot of enlightening information here. Pass.

13 minutes worth of Deleted Scenes are including (in anamorphic widescreen), with Optional Commentary from Goyer and Roum. If you liked the movie, these scenes are surely worth checking out since they expand parts of the story. The commentary from Goyer and Roum is also worth listening to if you're a fan of the film: they justify their cuts well, and offer further insights into the film's story.

There are also two Music Videos: "The Kill" by 30 Seconds To Mars, and Sparta's "Taking Back Control." Both are in non-anamorphic widescreen.

 

"The Invisible" has some intriguing ideas, and it's nice to see a more serious teen-based horror thriller. As far as DVD package, this is a nice release: a decent transfer, solid 5.1 mix and a pleasing array of supplements. Fans of the movie should not hesitate to pick it up.