Secret Window, Blu-ray (2004)

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Secret Window, Blu-ray  (2004)

Starring: Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton, Charles S. Dutton
Directed by: David Koepp
Studio: Columbia/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Video: 2.40:1 Widescreen, 1080p widescreen
Audio: English and German 5.1 Uncompressed PCM; English, German, French (Parisian) and French (Canadian) Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Korean, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish!
Supplements: Audio commentary by writer/director David Koepp; three featurettes (“From Book to Film”, “A Look Through It” and “Secrets Revealed”); four animated storyboards; four deleted scenes with optional commentary; previews
Length: 96 minutes
Movie Rating: ***;  AV Quality Rating: ****

Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) is a successful writer who has spent the last six months in his secluded cabin on the lake.  Mort is trying to come to terms with his impending divorce.  While Mort is still struggling with why his wife Amy left him for the love of another, he receives a visit from a man named John Shooter.  Shooter claims that Mort stole one of his short stories and he now wants Mort to publish the original ending to that story.  Mort denies the accusation that he plagiarized the story, thereby causing Shooter to become more violent as the days pass.  ‘Secret Window’ is a smart horror/suspense movie.  The film moves along at a decent pace and has an interesting plot twist that should keep most viewers guessing until the very end.  Johnny Depp turns in yet another first-rate performance as he skillfully weaves humor into a dramatic role.  Depp fans will want to add this DVD to their collection and everyone else should at least consider checking this film out as a rental.

In terms of HD video quality, this Blu-ray DVD is not reference quality, but nonetheless very good.  Images are clean with fine detail and deep blacks.  Colors are warm and rich with nicely saturated hues.  Other than the occasional instance of film grain, picture defect mastering is solid with no major flaws.  The audio quality is also very good with the compressed English Dolby Digital 5.1 track serving as the basis for this review (there is also an uncompressed PCM 5.1 track available for those with the equipment to decode it).  The soundtrack effectively incorporates all of the discrete channels into a well-balanced mix.  Dialogue is intelligible and firmly positioned in the center channel.  The surround channels are moderately active and employed primarily for ambient sounds and the music score.  Although sparingly utilized, the low frequency effects channel is punchy and tight.

– Calvin Harding, Jr.


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