Dream House Blu-ray Review


Studio and Year: Universal – 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 92 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: VC-1
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, Elias Koteas
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Music by: John Debney
Written by: David Loucka
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 31, 2012

Film Synopsis (courtesy of imdb):
Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit a high-profile job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and their two daughters to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was once the murder scene of a mother and her children. When Will investigates, he’s not sure if he’s seeing ghosts or if the tragic events are somehow related to his past. The only clues come from his mysterious neighbor, Ann (Oscar®-nominee Naomi Watts), who helps him piece together this haunting puzzle.

My Take:
Dream house is a very deceptive movie that is detrimental to the movie itself. The trailer is selling the movie as a horror whereas the reality it’s a psychological mystery or a thriller at most. So before watching this movie, do NOT watch the trailer, or if you’ve watched the trailer, throw away the horror / mystery preconception out of your mind and you will actually be surprised on how good the storyline actually is.
Unlike most movies of this era (read: nowadays), the scenes were timed in natural colour palette without any secondary colour push making it one of the more pleasing movie of today. The transfer quality is solid with amazing localised sounds that on occasions rocked my theatre room with its solid but not overbearing LFE and natural surround steering. Although this movie may not necessarily a must-buy, it’s still clever enough to be very entertaining from beginning to almost the end where things turn from mysterious, to thrilling with twists and turns, to…. “they seriously use that cliche?”

Equipment used for this review:
Anthem MRX-700 Receiver
Grandviewscreen 96” 21:9 matte-white 1.0-gain screen
PSB Century 300i (front and surround speakers)
PSB Image C5 (centre speaker)
PSB Subseries 300 (subwoofer)
Panasonic PT-AE7000U projector
Panasonic BDT-310 BD player
Ultralink Ambiance MKII speaker wires
Viewing room is as per THX and SMPTE recommendation with 45-degree Field of View

Audio: 8/10
Video: 8/10
Storyline: 8/10

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One response to “Dream House Blu-ray Review

  1. Good review. Is there any redeemable quality to Dream House? Well, it’s probably the most unintentionally funny film I’ve seen since The Room. If that’s worth your $8.50, knock yourself out. Otherwise, don’t bother. Ever.

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