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Tuesday, December 6, 2016


(Author's Note: Forgive the shortness of this review. Playing catch-up due to new employment)

Released by Arrow Video on Octber 25th, 2016 was Hideo Nakata's visually haunting, Dark Water.

The film itself was shot very well and had a lot of spirit and atmosphere, but it didn't really do much for me. The story was nice, but the reveal of the ghost fell flat with the painfully obvious CG. 

As for Arrow Video's treatment of Dark Water: it's yet again a solid offering. The picture is crystal clear and the drab gray's of the apartment, which is where a lot of the film takes place, have a lot of depth. 

Fans of the J-Horror movement of the late nineties and early 2000's are in for a treat with this incarnation of Dark Water. Order Here.

From Arrow Video
After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the "dead wet girl" to new heights of suspense and drama. Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and unexplainable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well. Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family's heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films.

Bonus Features
  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
  • Brand new interview with director Hideo Nakata
  • Brand new interview with novelist Koji Suzuki
  • Brand new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
  • Archive interview with actress Asami Mizukawa
  • Original ‘Making of’ documentary
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • First pressing only: illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond, and an examination of the American remake by writer and editor Michael Gingold

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