(aka "Ju-on: the Grudge" or 'The Grudge')

directed by Takashi Shimizu
Japan 2003

 

WHEN IN DOUBT, hide under the covers.

It's this most irrational of rationale that punctuates Takashi Shimizu's domesticated genre-horror, The Grudge (aka Juon): on second viewing, totally absurdist, yet as an initial, unexpected encounter of the lights-out variety, utterly pant-wetting. What exactly compels a person to pull sheets over their head and hope that "it" will just go away? Not intelligence, surely. Likewise, Shimizu clearly works to idiot-proof mechanisms, quite content to push our buttons through the familiarity of playbook shock tactics, audio-terror and chronic character stupidity; this includes the obvious, such as ignoring the nearest exit point or making like an elderly snail under the impending death-gaze of a contortionist she-devil...

Excerpt from Tim Wong's review found HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 25th, 2003 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Lionsgate / Fox - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Lionsgate / Fox - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:31:54
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.95 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1) , DUB: English (Dolby 2.0), Commentary in English (Dolby 2.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Lionsgate / Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Sam Raimi and Scott Segiel 

• Theatrical trailer
• Behind the Scenes
• Cast and Crew Interviews
• Deleted Scenes
• Trailer gallery

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2004

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Chapters: 20

Comments:

The anamorphic image has a shade of softness, close-ups seem to show sharpness and I even see some film grain. Subtitles are excellent - colors seem true and slightly muted. Good extras with a commentary. I imagine we will compare this to the other existing versions from alternate regions eventually. This is a good DVD with some care put into the image and extras.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze





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