The Happening DVD & Blu-Ray Review

November 6, 2008

ChattahBox The Happening DVD & Blu-Ray ReviewThe Happening

DVD & Blu-Ray Review
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Street Date: October 7th 2008

M. Night Shyamalan the mastermind behind The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable returns with his first film since the flop The Village. The Happening is a graphic film, if you are one of those who looks away frequently this may not be the film for you.

It’s hard to really explain the film, or what IT is that brings the terror to the planet. It is referred to as similar to red tide, where the planet is rejecting humans, causing them to do themselves harm. It really was not clear to me how the victims were chosen or contracted the “virus” to harm themselves, but it did steer clear of Eliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel). They band up with a math teacher friend of Eliot’s, Julian (John Leguizamo) and his daughter Jess to escape the silent killer. The film has it’s moments but felt more like and excuse to examine the many different ways we encounter every day to kill or harm ourselves. M. Night keeps us believeing that the camera will turn away to protect us from what we are about to see, only to find that it doesn’t. The story is okay slightly better than the Village but certainly not the Sixth Sense. The open ending keeps us guessing and wondering what’s next.

The Bonus Features on any M. Night Shyamalan disc are usually some of the best around. The Bonus Features on this DVD are no exception. To look inside the mind and creative genius that is M. Night is fascinating. Both the DVD & Blu-Ray versions of the film contain featurettes that cover all of the Behind the Scenes, making of, deleted scenes and gag reel. The Hard Cut featurette M. Night talks about some cuts M. Night had to make to the film to get it down to a R rating from a possible NC-17. The I Hear You Whispering featurette focus’ on the so called “king” of the evil in the film, Mrs. Jones, a good look at a interesting character critical to the film but without much explanation.

The Blu-Ray version of the film looks and sounds spectacular. It also brings a few more featurettes to the audience called Train Shooting and Forces Unseen which are again interesting looks at the making of the film and all the work that goes into the making of a film like this.

Film: 7.0

Audio: 8.0

Video: 8.0

Bonus Material:

Overall: 7.5

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