WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A beautiful yet somewhat creepy woman and her two young children live in a dark, sprawling mansion. When a trio of new servants appear on the scene, they drudge up some horrifying memories from the past.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you’re a horror fan who can appreciate a little style and subtlety in between zombie flicks, THE OTHERS is a fantastic treat. The plot of the film may seem a bit skimpy upon first glance, but this is a movie that offers some terrific payoffs for those who stick with it. What it lacks in traditional jolts it more than makes up for in creepy atmosphere and thought-provoking twists. Nicole Kidman is absolutely fantastic as the haunted Grace, while the young actors portraying her children (Alakina Mann and James Bentley) are near-perfect, eschewing the normal “kiddie cuteness” so prevalent in child actors. Christopher Eccleston is great in a small role (the less said about in a review the better) and Fionnoula Flanagan is sensational as the mysterious Mrs. Mills. It's a deliciously gothic campfire tale of a movie, delivered with a satisfying sense of style and a healthy dose of outright "creepiness". THE OTHERS delivers a solid bang for those who've paid attention throughout, and is easily one of the best horror flicks to come out of Hollywood in years.
Generally when you see a 2-disc set, you’re in store for a ton of extra goodies. Not so in this case. Disc 1 holds the main feature and a series of trailers for other Dimension Home Video titles. Disc 2 is where you’ll find 4 featurettes: "A Look Inside", which runs about 22 minutes and is a better-than-average behind-the scenes piece with various actors and crew members discussing the film (both before and after the theatrical release). Next up is "Xeroderma Pigmentosum: What is It?", which clocks in under 10 minutes and offers a fascinating look at this extremely rare illness (I’m assuming you haven’t seen the movie yet, so I don’t want to explain the malady and ruin some surprises.) "An Intimate Look" is an 8-minute visit with director Alejandro Amenabar as he works on the film, while the final featurette is a "Visual Effects Piece" (running about 5 minutes) that focuses on several FX sequences, some flashy, some subtle. Also, a stills gallery and the Theatrical Trailer.
A 2-disc special edition might be expected to hold a few more special goodies, but then again – most special editions don’t include this great a movie. A director’s commentary would have been welcome, but overall this DVD is solid package supporting an excellent film. Fans of The Sixth Sense and The Shining will adore this one.