Director: Rand Ravich
Starring: Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Joe Morton, Clea Duvall, Donna Murphy
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Warner Home Video
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Running Time: 109 minutes
Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
1999 was an interesting year for Johnny Depp. He just came off of my favorite films and his best performance in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and on the eve of the great “Sleepy Hollow”. This film was never my favorite Depp film ever but I still enjoyed it. I thought it played well on the horror/thriller genre. Johnny Depp doesn’t get to play the baddie often and he definitely plays it well. Nonetheless fans of his films will definitely want to check out this HD upgrade and pick up this release.
The Blu-ray itself includes a nice 1080p transfer. The film packs some decent special effects and looks really good. The audio included is a sweet Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which works well for the suspense in the film. So with this release we get a good film, great Blu-ray transfer… but unfortunately zero special features. I wasn’t expecting new features but I am not sure why they did not just mirror the DVD special features.
Premise: Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominees Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” franchise, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “The Italian Job”) star as the perfect all-American couple–astronaut Spencer Armacost and his beautiful schoolteacher wife–so passionately in love they can sense each other even while he floats in space and she is two hundred thousand miles below. But in two minutes it all turns to inexplicable terror. For two minutes, Armacost completely loses consciousness while on a space mission, returning home just barely alive. His wife senses something amiss from the moment he lands on earth. She begins to have strangely violent dreams–dark, paranoid thoughts–and the sensation that her husband is not the lover, or the man, he was.