The Trigger Effect

Overview

David Koepp's unsettling thriller The Trigger Effect comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and crew, production notes, and the theatrical trailer. This is ...
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Overview

David Koepp's unsettling thriller The Trigger Effect comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and crew, production notes, and the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Universal.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Screenwriter David Koepp (The Panic Room) did a tremendous job in bringing his directorial debut, The Trigger Effect, to the screen. Even in blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Koepp has always found a way to mix ideas and strong characterizations with suspense and action. The Trigger Effect was inspired by a BBC documentary series, Connections, and while it's nearly as unrelenting in its tension, it also makes salient points about society's tenuous grasp on civilization. There's already something menacing in the air in the first ten minutes of the film. The camera traverses a shopping mall, showing a series of strangers as they literally bump against one another. This bravura sequence cleverly ends in a movie theater, where Matthew (Kyle MacLachlan) and Annie (Elisabeth Shue) are disturbed by the loud conversation of two young black men sitting behind them. Koepp has the courage to handle this racial tension honestly, and later in the film, he trenchantly turns the main characters' (and the audience's) racial presumptions on their head. A massive blackout heightens every bad feeling, from disputes between neighbors, to marital discord, to racial and class tensions, and Koepp examines all of these in the context of a compelling drama. The film never matches the genius of its opening, but there are flashes of brilliance, and some memorable characters, including an unscrupulous gun shop owner (Richard Schiff) and a desperate drifter (Michael Rooker). As the violence and chaos spread, Koepp cleverly captures the breakdown of the couple's sheltered existence when Matthew asks a cop who's come to his neighborhood after a shooting, "Is it bad out there?" and the cop responds, "Out where?" The Trigger Effect will let down some viewers with its ambiguous and somewhat abrupt ending, but overall, it's a thoughtful and genuinely unsettling film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • UPC: 025192006128
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,218

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kyle MacLachlan Matt
Elisabeth Shue Annie
Dermot Mulroney Joe
Richard T. Jones Raymond
Michael Rooker Gary
Bill Smitrovich Steph
Molly Morgan
Shishir Kurup
Gary Bayer
Richard Schiff Gun Shop Clerk
Greg Grunberg Boyfriend
William Lucking Pharmacist
Eddi Wilde Trendy Guy
Technical Credits
David Koepp Director, Screenwriter
Dana Allyson Costumes/Costume Designer
Fernando Altschul Asst. Director
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Larry Dias Set Decoration/Design
Michael Grillo Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer, Songwriter
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Gerald R. Molen Executive Producer
Jerry Molen Executive Producer
Nancy Nayor Casting
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Jill Savitt Editor
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [5:15]
2. Friday [:49]
3. The Blackout [6:20]
4. Saturday [:40]
5. The Prescription [3:49]
6. The Visitor [1:09]
7. The Necessities [6:19]
8. A House Gun [4:26]
9. Games [1:20]
10. Somone's in the House [:38]
11. It is What It is [3:37]
12. The Neighbors [1:46]
13. Secrets in the Dark [4:00]
14. Sunday [2:07]
15. Bad Business [:50]
16. An Old House and a New BMW [4:49]
17. All I Want is a Ride [2:01]
18. Going for Help [4:18]
19. The Closed Door [:39]
20. Fingers on the Trigger [3:59]
21. Trust [1:28]
22. Something Lost, Something Found [:39]
23. End Titles [3:43]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast & Filmmakers' Bios
         KYLE MACLACHLAN as Matthew
         ELISABETH SHUE as Annie
         DERMOT MULRONEY as Joe
      Theatrical Trailer
      Universal Weblinks
   Languages
   Play
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