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Overview

Unfairly swept away in the massive wake of The Sixth Sense when it was originally released at the box office a mere month after M. Night Shyamalan's breakout hit, David Koepp's masterfully creepy adaptation of Richard Matheson's supernatural mystery has found something of a second life on the home-video market, and gets the royal treatment in this release from Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is crisp and clear throughout -- sporting solid blacks, spot-on skin ...
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Overview

Unfairly swept away in the massive wake of The Sixth Sense when it was originally released at the box office a mere month after M. Night Shyamalan's breakout hit, David Koepp's masterfully creepy adaptation of Richard Matheson's supernatural mystery has found something of a second life on the home-video market, and gets the royal treatment in this release from Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is crisp and clear throughout -- sporting solid blacks, spot-on skin tones, and perfectly balanced colors that are bold and vibrant without becoming oversaturated. A variety of audio options are also sure to please, no matter what choice the viewer makes, with the DTS-ES mix, in particular, offering a fantastic mix that truly manages to work its way under the viewer's skin. Director Koepp certainly understands the importance of sound as an element to put viewers in a remarkable state of unease, and this track is a prime example of the effectiveness of a supremely well-done audio mix. Once viewers have had a chance to watch the feature, Lions Gate offers them an impressive amount of extras, which stand in stark contrast to the previous, relatively bare-bones DVD release. This disc may also impress horror fans by offering what may perhaps be the creepiest menu screen around (which, although tricky to navigate at times, captures the eerie, unearthly tone of the film perfectly). Koepp's audio commentary track is always interesting, with the humble director frequently pointing out his shortcomings, making note of inspiration given to him by fellow directors Brian De Palma and Steven Soderbergh, and offering great insight into both the characters and special effects. A making-of segment clocks in at just over 20 minutes, including interviews with the director, actors, and producers and ending with a promise from the director that he will scare you one way or another. Though some may question the absence of book author Matheson in this segment, the former Twilight Zone writer shows a keen understanding of the hypnosis process in "The Mind's Eye: Beneath the Trance" -- which also includes an interview with hypnotherapist Dr. Marc Schoen. Parapsychologist Dr. Larry Montz weighs in with a particularly spooky tale of a true-life case that was eventually solved with a little help from the other side in "Sight of Spirits: Channeling the Paranormal," with brief special effects and production design featurettes offering interviews with visual effects supervisor Casey Cannon and production designer Nelson Coates. Deleted scenes are a bit dark and really offer nothing more to the film, and "Behind the Scenes/Final Shot Comparisons" offers a peek at the filming in action and an interesting side-by-side look at the shoot and the final product. Three screen tests take viewers behind the scenes for makeup and movement tests, with Moist's video for the song "Breathe" wrapping things up nicely.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 16 x 9 widescreen digitally restored; 6.1 DTS ES discreet; 5.1 Dolby Digital EX; Commentary with director, David Koepp; "Breathe" music video by Moist; "Making of Stir of Echoes: Behind the Echoes"; "The Mind's Eye: Beneath the Trance"; "Sight of Spirits: Channeling the Paranormal"; Special effects featurette; Production design featurette; Screen test clips; Behind-the-scenes/Final shot comparisons; Deleted scenes; Spanish subtitles; English closed captioning
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An effectively creepy thriller by Hollywood scribe David Koepp (who penned the blockbuster Jurassic Park), this film explores hypnotism and delusional horror with an acuteness unusual for a film of its genre. Eschewing gore and fake shock tactics, Koepp uses his material as a means of exploring his main character's psyche. To this end, Kevin Bacon's resourceful portrayal perfectly embodies the archetype of a family man threatening to be done in by his demons. The film's momentum dissipates as it draws nearer to its semi-predictable conclusion, but the engrossing storyline and excellent use of Chicago locations create a tangible world for the tale, and make it easier to relate to on a human level. In an luckless bit of coincidence, The Sixth Sense was released just a few weeks prior to Stir, and the similarly ghoulish ghost story (both involve the use of a young boy as an oracle for otherworldly devices) all but crippled this film's opportunity to reach the moviegoing masses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • UPC: 012236161127
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Tom Witzky
Kathryn Erbe Maggie Witzky
Illeana Douglas Lisa
Liza Weil Debbie Kozac
Kevin Dunn Frank McCarthy
Conor O'Farrell Harry Damon
Jenny Morrison Samantha
Zachary David Cope Jake Witzky
Lisa Lewis Debbie's Mother
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Neil The Cop
Kevin Scott Greer Bit
Technical Credits
David Koepp Director, Screenwriter
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Carla Corwin Asst. Director
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Susie Goulder Set Decoration/Design
Judy Hofflund Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
David W. Krummel Art Director
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Gavin Polone Producer
Daniel J. Richter Sound/Sound Designer
Jill Savitt Editor
Michele Weisler Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:57]
2. The Burden of Being Ordinary [4:06]
3. A Whole Larger World [3:35]
4. Going Way Under [4:05]
5. Seeing Things [5:51]
6. Becoming Open Minded [4:54]
7. Babysitting Jake [4:25]
8. Looking for Answers [5:53]
9. Discussing Samantha [4:23]
10. Making You Really Nervous [4:47]
11. X-Ray Vision [4:10]
12. Closing the Door [4:31]
13. Lights Out [4:04]
14. Feeling a Presence [4:42]
15. I'm Supposed to Dig [4:53]
16. In the Middle of Something [4:12]
17. The Right Tool for the Job [4:44]
18. Brick By Brick [:16]
19. Paint it Black [3:23]
20. A Serious Problem Here [4:43]
21. A Decent Neighborhood [5:17]
22. Finally at Rest [2:42]
23. Tuning Out [1:45]
24. End Credits [:44]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio: English 6.1 DTS ES Discrete
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX
      Audio: Commentary With Director David Koepp
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Making Of: Behind the Echoes
      The Mind's Eye: Beneath the Trance
      Sight of Spirits: Channeling the Paranormal
      Special Effects
      Production Design
      Deleted Scenes
         "It Is a Girl"
         Samantha's in the Basement
         "I'm Supposed to Dig"
      Behind-the-Scenes/Final Shot Comparisons
         Scene 16: Int. Movie Theater - Night
         Scene 59: Int. Train Station - Night
         Scene 116: Int. Movie Theater - Night
         Scene 132: Ext. Backyard - Day
      Screen Test Clips
         Samantha Ghost Look Tests
         Tom Dirt Look Tests
         Maggie Look Tests
      Music Video: "Breathe" By Moist
      DVD Credits
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Sirred by "Echoes"

    Originally released on the coattails of "Six Sense", this took a back seat at the box office because of it. But this engaging psychological drama taken from Richard Matheson's story, sucks you in from the get go, and is actually a much better story then "Six Sense". Filmed on Chicago's south side, the setting is a character in of it's own. The cast together weave a mystery you won't forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SURPRISINGLY GOOD

    I was impressed with this movie. This movie has some very disturbing and horrifying scenes which kept me watching until the end. A great movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    Super great Thriller, and Sooooo underrated

    I must admit that I have never heard of Stir of Echoes until I bought it in the year of 2002. I liked the front cover of the movie. When I saw it, I thought it was unbelievably great. I liked Kevin Bacon's performance in this film. He certainly gave a great serious work on his part to really make this movie connect with the audience. I liked the story even though I didn't like the idea of a child actor being in it because they are not very good and natural enough. I will let this slide because the story really dominated the movie. I was puzzled about few characters, how they acted in the middle of the film, but I know now because the ending revealed it all. I saw The Mothman Prophecies before I saw this one. After seeing The Mothman Prophecies, the movie raised the standards higher than it was originally with M. Night Shyamalan films and the others. I feel this movie Stir of Echoes comes close to meet the new standards I have a high praise for the dynamic story created. Just for the record, Artisan, as I predict, will be the upcoming top producer of great movies in the future because what I have seen so far are extremely remarkable: Stir of Echoes, Pi, Belly, The Limey, The Ninth Gate, Dune, and many more. In addition, I researched on this film and did not know that it was released the same time as Sixth Sense. Now, that explains why this movie was in the closet. Suppose if this film was released only, I can safely say that this film will fare greater than it was in the first place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stir Of Echoes

    this Film Makes You Think. It is one Of The films i realy enjoyed kevin bacon is the main actor. great film enjoy watching it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Supernatural Thriller

    This movie is based on the book of the same name written by Richard Matheson. Kevin Bacon plays a fairly typical working-class guy living in Chicago with his wife and his son. One night at a party, he gets into a lively discussion with his sister-in-law, who believes in psychic communication and the power of hypnosis. He challenges her to hypnotize him, and she plants in him a post-hypnotic suggestion to be more open-minded. But the results aren't quite what either of them expected; he sees the spirit of a girl from the neighborhood who disappeared months ago; as does his son.

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    Posted August 1, 2009

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