Signs

Signs

Mel Gibson
Director: M. Night Shyamalan Cast: Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
, Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
, Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
M. Night Shyamalan

DVD (Wide Screen / Thx)

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Overview

Disney's "Vista Series" DVDs were touted as the next big line of Special Edition discs, and titles such as Pearl Harbor and The Sixth Sense reflected that, so what's the deal with this release of Signs? Though certainly not a horrible disc, it falls short in many ways. The image, which is 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is good, but flawed. Grainy shimmering shows all to often, especially early in the film. Darks are solid though, with no sign of breakdown or blocking. Color, though relatively muted in the film, comes across pretty well. The 5.1 Dolby Digital EX track suffers also. For such a blockbuster, so much more would be expected. While dialogue is clear, nearly the entire track is focused up front, with little separation. Surrounds are only used sparingly at best and lack any real imagination. Where the disc really falters is the supplemental features. Not that what's offered isn't good, but for a Special Edition series, there just simply isn't much. The highlight is a very comprehensive 58-minute documentary on all aspects of making the film. Director M. Night Shyamalan extensively discusses everything from pre-production, to set design and visual effects, to the scoring of the film and it's world premiere. Interviews with composer James Newton Howard, producer Frank Marshall, and others flesh out the process of making this film. A real treat on this disc because it's so bad (and Shyamalan admits it himself in an introduction) is the inclusion of a minute from his first "creature" movie, Pictures, which he made as a teenager. It's simply awful, making it very funny. Rounding out this disc are five deleted scenes running about eight minutes and a storyboard-to-film comparison with angle function and multiple audio options. Again, what is offered for extras is good, they just don't reach far enough.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2003
UPC: 0786936197594
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Touchstone / Disney
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Night's first alien film; M. Night Shyamalan takes you on a journey of filmmaking in an exclusive, six-part documentary exploring Signs from the birth of the idea, to writing the script, to building the sets, to realizing the creature and other effects, to the scoring and innovative marketing of the film; Storyboards: multi-angle feature; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; French language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Graham Hess
Joaquin Phoenix Merrill Hess
Cherry Jones Officer Caroline Paski
Rory Culkin Morgan Hess
Abigail Breslin Bo Hess
Patricia Kalember Colleen Hess
M. Night Shyamalan Ray Reddy
Ted Sutton Cunningham
Merritt Wever Tracey
Lanny Flaherty Mr. Nathan
Marion McCorry Mrs. Nathan
Michael Showalter Lionel
Rhonda Overby Sarah Hughes

Technical Credits
M. Night Shyamalan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Larry Fulton Production Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Marshall Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Douglas Mowat Set Decoration/Design
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
John Rusk Asst. Director
Barbara Tulliver Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [2:09]
2. The Crops [5:18]
3. Contaminated Water [4:25]
4. A Monster Outside [8:41]
5. Breaking News [5:05]
6. Probing [3:35]
7. "Is That Him?" [1:22]
8. Bo's Baby Monitor [4:42]
9. Evidence [4:10]
10. Fourteen Lights [9:21]
11. Research [4:12]
12. Ray's Confessional [4:12]
13. Disturbing Footage [1:34]
14. One Trapped in the Pantry [6:53]
15. Invasion [3:44]
16. Family Meal [3:10]
17. "It's Happening" [2:25]
18. Locked in the Basement [3:37]
19. Distant Memory [7:13]
20. Swing Away [9:50]
21. Winter/Closing Credits [6:57]

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