Blu-Ray | Paramount | 1999 | 113 mins | Rated PG-13 | October 20 , 2020
Director: Jan de Bont
Starring: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
| Film Synopsis |
In the 1860's, industrialist Hugh Crain financed the construction of Hill House, a beautiful but forbidding mansion where Crain hoped to house a wife and children. However, Crain died an unexplained death at Hill House, and ever since tales have circulated that the mansion is haunted by evil spirits. 130 years later, Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson), long fascinated by the Hill House legend, brings three people there for what he tells them will be a study in sleep disorders. Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is outwardly brave, but it soon becomes evident that Hill House's sinister reputation has her on edge. Luke (Owen Wilson) quickly finds himself wondering: if this is really about studying sleep, why bring everyone to a haunted house? And Nell (Lili Taylor) finds herself inexplicably drawn to the mansion, with a fascination that soon bears terrifying fruit as the true story of Hill House is revealed. The Haunting was directed by Jan de Bont; the screenplay was written by David Self and based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting Of Hill House, which was also the basis for Robert Wise's 1963 film The Haunting, widely regarded as one of the screen's finest ghost stories.
| Video |
THE HAUNTING, which arrives on Blu-ray™ with an exceptional 1080p transfer. Remastered from a 4K film transfer and supervised by director Jan de Bont. Colors are solid. The clean looking picture offers an impressive amount of detail. Overall this is an excellent transfer.
| Audio |
THE HAUNTING gets a solid Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Between the creaking doors, gusty breezes or whispering voices, you feel very immersed in the haunted house. Would have been amazing if this was in Atmos. Dialogue is clear.
| Special Features |
Filmmaker Focus: Director Jan de Bont on The Haunting
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Theatrical Teaser Trailer
| Overall Reaction |
I remember watching this movie in theatres and having a good time. Jan De Bont was a very popular director during the 90's, bringing us such films as "Speed" & "Twister". Unfortunately this film didn't perform well and was the start of De Bont not getting the director's chair. I fairly enjoyed this film and this Blu-Ray brought back memories that didn't disappoint. Video and audio are pretty much perfect for this release. Only wish Paramount had given us an Atmos soundtrack. Jerry Goldsmith’s score was wonderful and set the tone throughout the film. If you're a fan of THE HAUNTING - this is worth adding to your collection. RECOMMEND
Summary (out of 5)
Film: 3.5 Video: 4.5 Audio: 4.5 Extras: 3.5 Overall: 4.0