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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle [Blu-ray]
(Curtis Hanson, 1992)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Hollywood Pictures
Video: Walt Disney Video
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,211,267,736 bytes
Feature Size: 28,728,803,328 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.58 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 4th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3544 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3544 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none
•Theatrical trailer (1:52)
• Sneak Peeks
Description: Get ready for edge-of-your-seat excitement with the hit that rocked the nation! In this entertaining thriller, Claire Bartel (Annabella Sciorra -- THE HARD WAY, INTERNAL AFFAIRS) has the perfect life and family -- and exactly what Petyon Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay -- RISKY BUSINESS) desires desperately. But once Peyton deceptively becomes the Bartels' live-in housekeeper, how far will she really go when the life she wants belongs to someone else? From absorbing start to heart-stopping finish, this critically acclaimed winner delivers a lively mix of thrills, chills, and surprises equaling 100% fun!
Claire (Sciorra), happily married and pregnant, is molested during a visit to her gynecologist. The ensuing investigation results in the doctor's suicide, thus causing his pregnant wife (De Mornay) to miscarry. De Mornay finds solace in an elaborate revenge which involves posing as a nanny and gaining employment with Claire in order to wreak havoc. Screenwriter Amanda Silver gleefully exploits parental fears, and skillfully depicts the shifting loyalties, malevolence and escalating paranoia within Claire's household.Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is director Curtis Hanson's suburban horror story of a demented nanny bent on revenge for past wrongs. Peyton (Rebecca De Mornay) was once a happily married woman, but when her doctor husband is accused of assaulting a patient and he commits suicide, her world falls apart and she plots revenge. Claire (Annabella Sciorra), the woman who made the accusation, hires Peyton as a nanny, not knowing of their past involvement. Peyton then proceeds to terrorize the family, attempts to seduce the husband and generally destroy Claire as she feels she has been destroyed. The film, while somewhat implausible, is saved by the strong performances of Sciorra and De Mornay. Rebecca De Mornay has not given such a good performance since Risky Business, and she manages to make Peyton both believable, frightening and sympathetic. De Mornay has many great moments, but the scene, where she slowly destroys a bathroom in her impotent rage is unbelievably powerful. Hanson, a superb director of thrillers, manages to bring all the elements together to make The Hand that Rocks the Cradle a frightening psychological thriller and an interesting look at a woman's obsessive hatred and envyExcerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle looks strong on Blu-ray from Disney. Contrast isn't piercing but is consistent. The image quality shows excellent detail. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate and the film is supported with a bit of texture and prevalent depth. Colors are passive but I have no reason to doubt this is how the film looked 20-years hence. Skin tones are true. Daylight scenes are the most impressive but nothing is overly dark and there is no noise present. This Blu-ray does a wonderful job of presenting the video portion of the film.
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The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3544 kbps is a dynamic track stealthily supporting the film's suspense-building score from Graeme Revell. This lossless track can handle anything thrown at it from a crisp punch thrown by Sciorra at De Mornay to the more subtle moments of a family picnic. All good. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer and some 'Sneak Peeks' as supplements.
September 3rd, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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