My Little Eye

My Little Eye

DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Keith Dudhnath

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With a transfer that looks as good in the shining snow as it does in the gloomy green of night-vision cameras, and 5.1 surround sound that spices up both the eeriness and the terror, My Little Eye gets the most out of its film to DVD transfer.

The Making Of feature is rather disappointing. Its insights to the film are rather limited, and leave you feeling that you've seen it all before in the Making Of documentaries of other films. The audio commentary, from Marc Evans and Jon Finn, offers a little more interest, but still not quite as much as it could. Evans' frequent booming laugh will either be infectious or downright irritating.

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It's the Interactive Mode that everyone will be interested in. Enter a password (0405) and you get to be one of the subscribers to the website in the film. For a website, it looks a little too much like a DVD's menus, but artistic licence can be granted.

Initial excitement gives way to disappointment. The extended introductory interviews with the characters are boring. The deleted scenes can be accessed as an archive, but only once the relevant point has been passed in the film. You're better off putting in disc two and watching them there, where you can also watch them with much-improved audio commentary. Some scenes offer multiple angles, but only one (or two, if you count the sex scene), is a scene where multiple angles are of interest. Also, it's too slow to switch between cameras, which is just plain annoying. To top it all off, the interactive mode puts the film in a tiny window, wasting most of the screen.

Secondary disappointment gives way to excitement! Being able to listen in on the people running the website adds a whole new dimension to My Little Eye. It can make for uncomfortable listening during the violent scenes, but this is a horror film after all. I'm loathe to reveal more about it, for fear of spoiling the twists in My Little Eye. It's good, though. Damn good.

Forget the mediocre extras that promise and don't deliver. Forget that none of the extras have subtitles. Forget the annoyingly windowed interactive mode. Instead, enjoy a film with a great transfer, and an alternate audio stream that makes a horror film even scarier.

Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2003
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Product Code: MP227D

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Audio commentary by director Marc Evans and producer Jon Finn, deleted scenes with audio commentary, Making Of feature, trailer, photo gallery, interactive mode

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