Featured In Issue 195, March 2015

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Inspired by the classic occult board game, a group of teens accidentally unleash a dark power from the other side in Ouija. After Debbie (Hennig) suddenly dies, her best friend Laine (Cooke) attempts to contact her using an antique Ouija board she finds in Debbie’s room. When the curious teen begins asking the board questions and stumbles upon the mystery of her friend’s death, Laine discovers a resident spirit calling itself DZ, and eerie, inexplicable events begin to follow her. The group of friends digs deeper into the history of Debbie’s house and are shocked to find that Debbie wasn’t the first victim––and won’t be the last if they don’t figure out how to close the portal to the spirit world they’ve opened.

Special features include three featurettes: The Spirit Board: An Evolution (HD 04:07), Icon Of The Unknown (HD 04:00), and Adapting The Fear (HD 03:45); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system. The imagery exhibits a strongly saturated color palette with warm and rich hues that at times appear over-saturated. Colors often pop with strong primaries. Fleshtones vary with lightening shifts and can appear natural. Contrast is generally good, with deep, solid blacks that at times are nondescript, as well as shadow delineation. Resolution is generally excellent but slightly soft, except for close-ups that reveal fine detail. Overall, this is a pleasing visual experience that delivers suspense and at times horrific images.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is spooky with a brooding orchestral score that extends wide and deep across the soundstage and to the surrounds to provide aggressive surround envelopment. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively inserted to heighten the suspense with punctuated energy, which intensifies the suspense. This is an effectively chilling soundtrack, with deep low-frequency energy in the .1 LFE channel. Dialogue, however, is wanting in spatial integration as it is often louder than it should be. Still, the genre is well served with this soundtrack.