Mirrors (2008) - Unrated [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror / Mystery
Fox || Unrated - 111 minutes - $39.99 || January 13, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer(s): Alexandre Aja & Gregory Levasseur (screenplay)
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Amy Smart


Theatrical Release Date: August 15, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Animated Storyboard Sequence
  • Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending
  • BONUSVIEW: PiP Commentary
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean

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.::THE FILM::.

Horror films in 2008 suffered from being terrible. Take One Missed Call or The Eye for instance. Both were horrible movies that nearly damaged the horror industry forever. How was missing a call really going to kill you? Come on at least be a little realistic. Surprisingly, mirrors that kill you donít sound much better, but it is. Oh trust me, it is.

Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) is an ex-cop who is on leave after something bad happened at his job. I wonít spoil it for you, mainly because the movie never directly tells you what went down in full, just vague here and there, so itís not really vital. Ben hits the bottle pretty regularly because of the incident, but has since been off of it due to some medication heís taking.

Amy Carson (Paula Patton), his wife, separated from him because of the drinking for the sake of the kids Michael (Cameron Boyce) and Daisy (Erica Gluck). He now lives with his sister Angela (Amy Smart) in some apartment. Ben decides to take up a job as a night watchman at an abandoned burned down building in town where the last guy apparently disappeared. Or so you think...

Well not really, since the opening scene lets you know what happened to him, but for the sake of not trying to spoil it, Iíll leave it to your imagination. Okay, no I wonít, heís dead.

After Ben takes the job in the creepy complex, weird things start to happen. He ends up cutting his left hand fairly badly but thatís not the worst part. He begins to see people in the complex that are dead, but he doesnít know why. His wife is concerned with the medication heís taking as that may cause hallucinations. Amy doesnít believe a word Ben says, who would, and tells him heís scaring their children.

The mirrors however want something, and itís up to Ben to find out what. If he canít, his familyís lives will be in danger. Can Ben fight off the dreaded reflections?

Somehow the mirrors in the complex are alive and can travel through different mirrors in the world, and injuring or killing people. It doesnít really make a lot of sense, and the phenomenon isnít fully explained. The purpose of why they are killing is eventually discussed, sort of, but never why it started.

The movie has a few jump and scare moments, more than a few actually, and does have a great atmosphere. The film is actually entertaining and one of the better horror films to come out in the past few years. But the best part of the film lies within some of the actorís lines, mainly Benís. When you watch it youíll understand why, Sutherland has a habit of over-emphasizing lines just a little bit, and because of it, laughter can be induced unintentionally.

Overall, this is a great horror flick. Despite a few laughs that werenít meant to be.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

First off, the menu is a pain in the neck to navigate. At times it becomes unreadable, Iím sure it seemed like a good idea at the time to make what you highlight reverse on the other side of it (youíll see once you pop it in) but itís fairly distracting and annoying.

Reflections: The Making of Mirrors Shockumentary (49 minutes): An incredibly lengthy documentary, or ďshockĒumentary as the feature is called, that is ultimately a great look at the film. Thereís a lot of really cool information about the movie, how it came to be, and a ton more. This is definitely one of the best documentaries of a flick Iíve seen in a long time.

Anna Esseker Hospital Footage (5 minutes): A little bit of film that didnít make it into the movie. I donít understand why it wasnít in the deleted scenes though.

Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending w/Optional Directorís Commentary (16 minutes): The few scenes provide a little background more into why Ben lost his badge among other things. I felt the movie was long enough, so these deleted scenes donít really amount to that much.

The alternate ending on the other hand, is worth a look. Itís better than the real one to the movie just because of how ridiculous it is. I literally laughed out loud at how this could even be considered an ending in anyoneís mind.

Behind the Mirror (18 minutes): A basic look at why mirrors are scary and how the story came to be for the film. Itís another great documentary that is entertaining to watch.

Animated Storyboard Sequence (1 minute): Itís exactly what it sounds like.

Finally, a digital copy is available.

Blu-Ray Exclusives:

D-Box Motion Control System: For anyone who has a chair that has this feature. I donít.

Bonusview: Thereís an insane amount of extraís here, including a Picture-in-Picture commentary and another lengthy making-of feature (45 minutes). You can activate some scenes during the PIP by pressing the Red button on your remote after you turn the feature on. All in all, thereís a ton of great material here.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fox is normally a studio that has some pristine picture quality video wise, but Mirrors doesnít live up to past movies. The picture at times has too much grain in it, and several scenes have serious contrast issues. Take for instance the scenes where Ben is in the basement during the night, the picture looks awful. Then again at nearly every other point in the film the picture is perfect! Colors are precise and contrast is fine for the rest of it. This isnít a terrible picture, but itís not what fans of come to expect from Fox.

On the audio scale, thereís a lot better to report on it. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track booms from start to finish. There is rarely a dull moment as surround is used constantly and effectively. Dialogue is also flawless as were the levels for it. There isnít anything bad I can say about it, this is a fantastic audio track. The final minutes of the movie sound absolutely amazing and are reference material.



.::OVERALL::.

While some may find the plot to be a bit... well ridiculous at times, Mirrors is still a great flick. Even though itís not as scary as past films in the genre, it does tell a decent tale and keeps viewers glued to the set. The extras are lengthy and well worth a purchase for them alone as are the audio and video side also. There isnít anything more that can be said: Mirrors is worth a purchase. After you watch it, be careful looking into a mirror. You never know what you might see.