J-horror fans will certainly have something to scream about as horror craftsman Takashi Shimizu's American remake The Grudge
arrives on DVD in a special expanded edition that packs quite a punch and features some great bonus materials as well. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the transfer looks great, sporting evenly balanced colors and showing little evidence of edge-enhancement or digital artifacting. Of course, anyone who has felt the terror of The Grudge
knows that the horrific death croak of the vengeful female ghost is as effectively bone-rattling as any image in the film, and the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix creates the perfect atmosphere for the film by keeping the viewer on edge and sending the audio reverberating under the viewer's skin at all the right moments. A solid presentation of the feature is only the beginning, though, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has seen fit to fill this disc with an impressive array of bonus materials. In addition to hearing Shimizu himself discuss his experiences bringing this hit Japanese film series to American shores in an audio commentary track that also features producer Taka Ichise
and actress Takako Fuji, fans can also take a look at the origins of Shimizu's career thanks to the inclusion of his early films 4444444444
and In a Corner
. Fifteen deleted scenes with optional filmmaker commentary offer a look at scenes that eventually hit the cutting room floor, with video diaries by Sarah Michelle Gellar and KaDee Strickland taking the viewer for a peek behind-the-scenes. Take a tour of the cursed abode if you dare in "The Grudge House: An Insider's Look," before peeking into a production designer's notebook and director Shimizu's original storyboards.