Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Christopher Eccleston
What's it about
A widow living with her two medically challenged kids hires a new staff for her mansion, which results in some wacky stuff. Like ghosts and thick fog.
Is it good movie?
I remember seeing The Others when it came out. The big buzz came from it being a Nicole Kidman vehicle produced by then husband Tom Cruise, and well, as luck would have it, they got divorced somewhere around the time of its release. So for some reason when I started this Blu-Ray thatís all I could think of. I kept hoping Cruise would cameo as the ghastly spirit underneath the blanket. Donít ask why. I just did.
What I also remember is that The Others is a solid ghost/haunted house movie. It doesnít have any gore or real f*cked up stuff, but itís just solid Hollywood horror. What made it good are two things: 1) The set. If youíre going to have a haunted house movie, it needs to be set in England in a mansion, and there better be a lot of fog. Check and check. The house lives and breathes as a character, something that isnít the easiest thing to get right. 2) Kidman. For her, this was at her star power peak. She was good when she was hot.
Now, I donít think I need to offer a spoiler alert, but I just didÖso fair warning. The ending is perhaps what the movie is best known before. Much like The Sixth Sense a few years before this, the twist ending of the dead living isnít exactly original, but the presentation of how the story unfolds makes it work. It takes its time, properly establishes the characters, and allows a lot of imagination to do its job. The movie is subtle, effective, and good.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Digital Surround.
It sounded so good my girlfriend thought someone was breaking into the house.
Look Inside: Iím quite sure this is an HBO series from back in the day. About 21 minutes worth behind the scenes and interviews.
Visual Effects: An awesome, but simple effects examination.
What is the disease in the movie?: An interesting look at the real disease of that haunts the children, one where they canít be exposed to sunlight.
Looking at the director: Eight minutes of a day in the life of the director of this movie!
The Others actually holds up better than I remember. And looks and sounds great too. It doesnít have gore or a techno soundtrack, but it doesnít need it.