Featured In Issue 139, March/April 2009

WSR Score4.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Alexandre Aja
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Dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome, a former cop (Sutherland) takes a job as a night watchman at an old luxury department store that was burned in a large fire. Soon after taking the job, he is haunted by horrific visions in the large Mirrors of the store. Beyond projecting gruesome images of the past, the mirrors appear to be manipulating reality. As he investigates the visions, he realizes the malevolent, otherworldly force is using reflections as a gateway to terrorize him and his family. If he has any hope of saving his family, he must uncover the truth behind the mirrors. Based on the Korean motion picture Into The Mirror, written by Kim Sung Ho. (Gary Reber)

Special features on Disc One include both the theatrical (111:12) and the unrated version (111:22) of the film; Anna Esseker Hospital Footage (SD 05:33); two featurettes: Reflections: The Making Of Mirrors (HD 48:40) and Behind The Mirror (HD 18:22); and an animated storyboard sequence (HD 01:19); plus up-front previews. Disc Two is a digital copy of the film.

The 2.42:1 1080p AVC picture quality is excellent, with superb contrast and color fidelity. Blacks are deep and shadow delineation reaches deep into the depths of scenes. Fleshtones are perfectly natural in appearance. The picture is sharp, with excellent resolution, revealing fine textures and facial expression detail. While an extremely dark movie throughout in most scenes, shadows are revealing, yet dark, which enhance the mysteriously haunting experience. Grain and noise are noticeable but not objectionable. Otherwise, the picture is effectively pristine. The lighting design is superb and enhances the varying picture dynamics. This reference-quality picture will keep you on the edge of your seat. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced with excellent dynamics and deep, powerful LFE .1 bass below 25 Hz. Sound effects are dramatic and well recorded with directionalization. Surround envelopment is often aggressive and directionalized, providing, at times, an effective holosonic® dimensional soundfield with high-SPL impact. The music score is dimensional, with a wide and deep soundstage that wraps effectively into the surrounds. The music is nicely recorded, with a dynamic and spooky character, revealing fine instrumental timbres. While not consistent, dialogue is nicely supported spatially at times. This is a terrific soundtrack recording, which was designed with great care and sensitivity for haunting effect. Add to the sound the incredible D-BOX® Motion Code experience, with both subtle and jolting motion and vibration, and this is one scary experience. (Gary Reber)