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WHITE NOISE

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 98 minutes, threee featurettes, deleted scenes, and audio commentary for the movie (and deleted scenes).

STUDIO: Universal

RELEASE DATE: 5-17-2005

ANALYSIS: Electronic Voice Phenomenon is supposedly a way to record the voices of the dead, but it is debatable whether it actually does that. E.V.P. forms the basis for the movie WHITE NOISE. Architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) loses his wife in a tragic accident. When he is contacted by someone that he is being contacted by Jonathan's wife from beyond, he thinks the guy is nuts. Attempts by his wife to contact Jonathan by phone leads him into the world of E.V.P. where he will cross into dangerous waters. Three mysterious figures start lurking nearby whether it is as shadows or through E.V.P. and his wife warns him. Are her warnings about other people who are going to die or does she fear for Jonathan's safety as he becomes obsessed in his quest to contact her?

WHITE NOISE is a creepy and atmospheric thriller that sends chills down my spine. The mood projected through the cinematography, sounds, and music spin an atmosphere of foreboding- a sense of danger. Michael Keaton lives and breathes in the role of an obsessed man that neglects other people in his life including his son, his ex-wife, and those who try to help him. His single minded focus is a liability. WHITE NOISE is compelling and chilling. The only person he makes any type of connection is with a woman (Deborah Kara Unger) who works at a bookstore and has made connect with her dead fiancee through E.V.P. The ending never cops out and is one of those endings any good horror movie would be proud of.

VIDEO/AUDIO: The aspect ratio is 2.35:1 (Anamorphic for Widescreen TVs). The colors are good. The picture does look soft. Blacks are just average looking. The transfer is good enough to watch despite a little grain.

Audio options include an English 5.1 Dolby Digital and a Spanish 5.1 DD to chose from when you watch the movie. The choice of English captions or Spanish subtitles are available for the movie and most extras (except for the audio commentaries for the film and deleted scenes).

SPECIAL FEATURES: Three featurettes cover the real-life E.V.P, real-life experts recording E.V.P., and how to make your own home recordings. They aren't half as fascinating as the Remote Viewing featurettes on the SUSPECT ZERO DVD.

The audio commentary for the film (with Director Geoffrey Sax and actor Michael Keaton who is around for the first 75 minute) gives the only real insight into the production of the movie (it partly makes up for the lck of a Making-Of featurette). Also there are five chilling deleted scenes with optional commentary by the director.  A couple of scenes are extended scenes that would have made WHITE NOISE an R rated film.

FINAL ANALYSIS: WHITE NOISE is a creepy thriller worth watching. It will chill you to the bones and make some go out to find out more about E.V.P. after they see it.

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