Woman In Black 2, The: Angel Of Death

Featured In Issue 196, April/May 2015

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In The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death, the supernatural terror returns and unspeakable evil sets its sight on new prey when a group of orphaned children are forced to move into the abandoned Eel Marsh House with their caretakers, Eve (Fox) and Jean (McCrory). As the children begin to mysteriously disappear, Eve makes a shocking discovery… it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in a place inhabited by the murderous Woman In Black. (Gary Reber)

Special features include two featurettes Chilling Locations (HD 05:10) and Pulling Back The Veil (HD 14:15), a deleted scene (HD 02:33), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture looks wonderfully “Hammerish,” with an engaging creepy appearance photographed in a dim, oil-lamp-lit old house. The color palette is stylized with interior backgrounds and exteriors desaturated, with spots of warm fleshtones highlighted by filtered daylight or oil lamps and candles. The effect is uncanny and spooky. Contrast is excellent under the dimness of the flat marshland setting, and shadow delineation is excellent. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout. The stylization is stunningly atmospheric, and at times appears virtually black-and-white. The scene at the end is perfectly natural in color fidelity, as if to suggest The Black Witch is gone. This is a vary spooky visual experience that is artfully produced and executed. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is wonderful, with an aggressive and dynamic holosonic® presence punctuated with deep, energized .1 LFE sound effects. Atmospherics and Foley also is excellent, with varied nuanced sonics that enhance the overall spookiness. Spatial directionality is excellent, with aggressive surround effects that effectively deliver a sense of realistic horror. The sound of bombs dropped on London and a train trip early on sound realistic. The orchestral electronic score is as spooky as they get and jolting in effect. At times the entire soundfield is energized with strong SPL dynamics. There are powerful thunder and pounding rain sequences. Dialogue is natural sounding but at times a bit wanting in spatial integration. This is an effectively engaging soundtrack that is sure to cause an emotional response. (Gary Reber)