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"Women in Black" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2012

Synopsis

Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor tasked with resolving the affairs of a recently deceased woman and her brooding estate in the gloom of the remote Victorian England-era village of Crythin Gifford . The mood is melancholic all around, starting with Kipps himself, who lost his wife to childbirth a few years earlier. When he arrives in the small village, the icy response he receives does not bode well for successful completion of his mission. All the townspeople want him gone, and possibly for good reason. Many of their children have died mysteriously gruesome deaths that they blame on the titular black-clad woman whose own child was tragically sucked to his death in the muck surrounding her seaside mansion.

Specifications

  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds
  • Directors: James Watkins
  • Format: DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: CBS Films and Hammer Films
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Video: MPEG 4/1080p
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

A fairly straight forward ghost story with lots of "jumping cat" moments that'll give you a start. Radcliffe leaves Harry Potter behind and plays a believable, melancholy character. Though no new ground is broken here, I thought the film was interesting enough to watch on a rainy day. I was pleased to see Hammer Films involvement as I fondly remember their films from the 60-70's with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The CGI is well done and the pacing made this a ghost story worth watching. It remains to be seen if this film will launch a post-Potter career, but it looks to be a good start.

Technical

I give this film high marks for picture quality. Even the dark scenes looked good. Colors are solid, but somewhat muted by the overcast skies. Radcliffe's blue eyes are almost luminous! His stubble looks like wax in a few shots, and then highly detailed in the next. The sound field was spooky and the soundtrack added to the unease. Lots of creaky old house noises in the surrounds, too.

Extras

Audio commentary, featurettes and trailer.