DVD Rating: **

Reviewed by: Gary Duncan

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You always know pretty much what to expect with cast and crew interviews, and these are no exception. Everyone loves everyone and they all had the best time working together. Producer Rob Tapert praises everyone from the stars to the tea lady, while Barry Watson informs us that Lucy Lawless is "such a lovely person". Thanks for the scorching insight, Barry.

Director Stephen Kay takes the backslapping to a new level, however, gushing that "Bobby (Tapert) and I have worked together a couple of times and he's one of my closest friends and he's an incredibly special human being." I think we get the message, but there's more, with Kay describing Tapert as "someone who pushes me intellectually, emotionally and spiritually."

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Wouldn't it be a lot more fun if they all bitched about each other for 90 minutes? Instead we get a series of platitudes interspersed with the same old clips from the movie.

The Evolution of the Horror Film is more interesting, with Tapert, the man who brought us The Evil Dead and Darkman, likening Boogeyman to early Polanski movies, such as Rosemary's Baby and The Tenant, films, he says, in which "life is very normal but something is wrong with the character that makes their environment spooky. Is it really spooky, or is it just them?"

In a rare moment of straight talking, Kay says Boogeyman is "a people movie, with scary stuff in it." But then he slips back into mumbo-jumbo when he adds, "horror movies are straight up visceral catharsis". He doesn't, unfortunately, explain what the hell he is talking about.

The Visual Effects Progression is a step-by-step look at how a couple of scenes were put together. It all looks very clever but there's no commentary, so we're none the wiser. There are also five or six deleted scenes, including an alternate ending.

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2005
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A young man is haunted by the fear of being "taken" by paranormal forces.
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Product Code: 8234792

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Cast and crew interviews; deleted scenes; storyboards; visual effects progression

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