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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Thinner aka Stephen King's Thinner [Blu-ray]


(Tom Holland, 1996)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Paramount

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:32:48.563

Disc Size: 17,526,387,254 bytes

Feature Size: 17,422,964,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: August 21st, 2012



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1671 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1671 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)






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Description: Based on the best-seller, Stephen King's Thinner stars Robert John Burke (Robocop 3) and Joe Mantegna (House of Games) in a story of supernatural terror and countdown to the ultimate payback. A 109-year old gypsy (Michael Constantine, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), hell-bent on revenge, exacts a curse so shocking it compels its victim to gorge himself in an effort to avoid shrinking away to nothingness. With time running out and a torture so bizarre and powerful, even death seems a more likely option. Directed by Tom Holland (The Langoliers).



The Film:

How's this for a diet? Eat all you want, 12,000 calories a day and more, if you like. Devour haunches of turkey, mounds of corn and wash the whole thing down with gobs of whipped cream. Snack between meals out of giant bags of chips. Just don't say no.

If you do, you might die, because you're wasting away from a Gypsy curse.

That's the premise of ''Stephen King's Thinner,'' based on one of the prolific author's novels published under his Richard Bachman pseudonym.

A tale of negligent homicide, class warfare, vengeance, jealousy and murder, ''Stephen King's Thinner'' has the outlines of Shakespearean tragedy and the intellectual content of a jack o'lantern.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

There are two kinds of movies based on Stephen King stories -- the dramas (Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption) and the horrors (Pet Sematary, The Mangler). In general, the former are quite good while the latter are terrible. So, since Thinner falls somewhere between genres, it's fitting that the film's quality is also somewhere in the middle. Thinner is a rather shallow and unsatisfactory examination of some potentially-worthwhile themes and ideas. Equally unfortunately, it's not at all scary.

The film opens in Fairview, Connecticut, where attorney Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is the toast of his law firm, having just won the acquittal of mobster Richie Ginelli (Joe Mantegna, sporting a chic beard). On the personal front, however, Billy is having far less success in his war against weight. He's tipping the scales at 300 pounds, and his habit of sneaking snacks is defeating his latest diet. His wife, Heidi (Lucinda Jenny), and daughter, Linda (Joy Lenz), despair of him ever losing the undesirable mass, and they're seriously concerned about his health.

Excerpt from James Berardinelli at ReelViews located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Thinner has another modest Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films. This is only single-layered and contrast looks... passable. It's clean and flat. Colors are acceptable. No noise but nothing is really outstanding here. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering and effects are a shade transparent in 1080P. The 1.85:1 has been bastardized to 1.78.
















Audio :

Not much to say - the DTS-HD Master is in authentic stereo at 1671 kbps. The score adds some intense depth but nothing extravagant.  There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with most of their releases.



I had not seen "Thinner" before and I thought it was reasonably entertaining for the genre. It's pretty light fare - amusing - and sometimes that is okay although it won't be revisited often. The best we can say about the Blu-ray is it is superior to SD - and that's about it. For a Movie Night in the Home Theater this would definitely be considered the 'B' picture for something heavier with more substance. 

Gary Tooze

August 14th, 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.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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