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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 102 minutes, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, music videos
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
STUDIO: Hollywood Pictures/ Spyglass Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 10-16-2007

David S. Goyer is making a mark for himself. He has written so many genre related films, now he seems poised to do it again with directing. THE INVISIBLE is his second effort as a director. It is a remake of a Swedish film of the same name (adapted froma novel). It captures the alienation of youth during the teenage years where sometimes life is a little unbearable. What happens if you feel invisible and become invisible. Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) is attacked by Annie (Margarita Levieva) one night to wake up as a ghost. He finds out he isn't quite dead and his only hope is Annie. How can he get her to help him when her life is chaotic? Nick wants to get away from his mom and be a writer. Annie is out of control. THE INVISIBLE isn't a bad film, but it makes me curious to see the original (which isn't available on DVD in the USA). I do wish they had a different ending than what they shot for the remake. THE INVISBLE is a Hollywood popcorn flick. Goyer tries to make pop music another character of the film, but I still wonder if it actually works in teh remake's favor or not. I hope the original gets released here soon because I might just be missing out on a totally different and maybe even better film.

Two audio commentaries were recorded for the film. The first (with Director David S. Goyer and Writer Christine Roum) covers the differences between this film and the Swedish original (of the same name), info on the production, how editing made two scenes more effective, and one scene Goyer fought to keep in. The second track is with Writer Mick Davis. Stick with track one. It is the better of the two audio commentaries.

11 deleted scenes (with optional audio commentary by Goyer and Roum) feature a subplot cut out of the ifnal film and other discarded moments.

Rounding out the extras are two music videos (The Kill by 30 Seconds To Mars and Taking Back Control by Sparta) and previews for other BVHE titles.

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE INVISIBLE is an interesting flawed effort from Goyer (better than BLADE: TRINITY). It makes me more curious to see the original from Sweden.

this DVD review is (c)10-15-2007 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  

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