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Thinner aka Stephen King's Thinner [Blu-ray]
(Tom Holland, 1996)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 17,526,387,254 bytes
Feature Size: 17,422,964,736 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with most of their releases.
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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Gary W. Tooze
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