Eclipse, The

Featured In Issue 149, July/August/September 2010

WSR Score3.5
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Magnolia Home Entertainment
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In "The Eclipse," Michael Farr (Hinds), a teacher raising his two kids alone since his wife died two years earlier, has been seeing and hearing strange things late at night. He isn't sure if he is having nightmares, or if he's experiencing a haunting. Working as a volunteer for an international literary festival, he is assigned to Lena Morella (Hjejle), an author of books about ghosts and the supernatural. Establishing a rapport with one another, Michael opens up and shares his terrifying experiences with her. However, Lena's attention is distracted by another novelist, Nicholas Holden (Quinn), with whom she had a brief affair. The trajectories of these three people lead them into a life-altering collision where the challenges of love, fear of the unknown, and release from the burden of grief are explored. Based on Tales From Rainwaqter Pond by Billy Roche(Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (SD 27:32), HDNet: A Look At The Eclipse (HD 04:38), upfront previews, plus BD-Live functionality.

The 1080p AVC picture is nicely photographed, with a deeply saturated color palette with vivid and rich hues. Contrast is highly stylized, with engaging shadow delineation and deep blacks. Fleshtones are rich and well delineated with natural hues. Resolution, at times, is sharply delineated with excellent facial features and object textures. Dimensionaliy also is good, with an excellent sense of perspective and depth. The imagery is freshly realistic and natural in appearance. This is a wonderful picture with a warm, richly saturated color palette and excellent clarity that is sure to please. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features subtle but aggressively directionalized surround envelopment, which provides effective holosonic® soundscapes at times. Dialogue is conventional production and ADR sound, with at times, excellent spatial integration. The music is softly presented with solo piano, violins, and choir that resonates widely across the soundstage and reverberates subtly in the surrounds. Atmospheric sound effects, such as thunder and rain, are effectively enveloping and can excite the .1 LFE channel, but only briefly. This is an overall subdued soundtrack, with good fidelity and dimensional presence. (Gary Reber)