White Noise

White Noise

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Director: Geoffrey Sax

Cast: Geoffrey Sax, Michael Keaton, Chandra West, Deborah Kara Unger

     
 

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The Michael Keaton supernatural thriller White Noise makes its way to living rooms everywhere with this DVD release from Universal Home Entertainment. Containing an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen version of the film (also available in fullscreen format) and 5.1 Dolby Digital English and Spanish audio tracks, the movie not only looks and sounds great, but the discSee more details below

Overview

The Michael Keaton supernatural thriller White Noise makes its way to living rooms everywhere with this DVD release from Universal Home Entertainment. Containing an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen version of the film (also available in fullscreen format) and 5.1 Dolby Digital English and Spanish audio tracks, the movie not only looks and sounds great, but the disc comes complete with a slew of fine extra features as well. Three featurettes are presented, all having to do with the real event known as E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). First off is "Making Contact," an eight-minute special that introduces the viewer to the experts in the field as they discuss the phenomenon and the community that has come together because of it. The second two featurettes focus on a husband-and-wife team who first teach you how to record your own E.V.P. experiences, while the second clip presents supposed real accounts in the "Hearing Is Believing: Actual E.V.P. Sessions." Twelve throwaway deleted scenes are also included, as well as an audio commentary with director Geoffrey Sax and star Michael Keaton (his first, for those that are counting). The DVD should please the fans of the film by not only presenting the film in a stellar fashion, but by giving the audience clues into the phenomenon that sparked the production.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A supposedly demonstrable scientific phenomenon offers the basis for this eerie thriller, which provides Michael Keaton with his best starring role in years. Six months after the mysterious death of his novelist wife, Anna, grieving architect Jonathan Rivers (Keaton) gets a call from her cell phone -- but the line goes dead before he can determine who was calling. He enlists the aid of an expert in electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), an obscure scientific study whose practitioners painstakingly scour the airwaves for messages from the beyond. With the help of another true believer, Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger), Jonathan masters the technology and eventually picks up Anna's voice, which leads him to the scene of a gruesome accident -- and to malevolent spirits that resent his intrusion. It's pretty far-out stuff, but Keaton's earnest portrayal of the grief-stricken but hopeful husband grounds the story even when it borders on the ridiculous. The omnipresence of 21st-century technology -- computer screens, cell phones, car radios, and answering machines -- prevents any establishment of the gothic atmosphere that once typified the best ghost stories. But make no mistake about it, the relentlessly modern White Noise is a blood-curdling yarn with echoes of such genre favorites as Poltergeist, The Ring, and The Grudge.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Although pitched with a guffaw-inspiring "Based on actual phenomena" marketing campaign, White Noise starts out with a simple and intriguing premise, clearly influenced by contemporary trends in Asian horror. The notion of the dead communicating with us through the static on our electronic equipment has a certain creepily quotidian appeal, but after about a half-hour of slow build, White Noise quickly devolves into ludicrous plotting and cheap shock effects. Director Geoffrey Sax shows adeptness at making an audience jump with shock cuts and loud noises, but this is not a particularly impressive talent. Sustaining disbelief, or at least mere interest in the story would have been more satisfying. It's difficult to explain, without giving away too much of the story, the flaws in logic that seem to occur with increasing rapidity as the film progresses. Suffice to say that the film establishes rules that it then fails to follow, and that the second big scary plot twist that occurs at the climax of the film obviates the need for the existence of the first such twist. While successful Asian horror movies like Ringu, Ju-on, and the genuinely disturbing A Tale of Two Sisters have their own problems with narrative logic, they at least manage to sustain mood and gradually amp up the tension. The most disturbing moment in White Noise (or the scariest moment that doesn't involve a sudden loud noise) is the sequence, apparently rooted in harsh reality, wherein Michael Keaton vainly presses a button on his answering machine, over and over again, only to hear, "You have no messages." It's not really clear why Keaton's career has taken the dismal trajectory it has since he stopped playing Batman, but one would hope such a talented actor could find a better comeback vehicle than this.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
UPC:
0025192693120
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
37,073

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; "Hearing Is Believing: Actual E.V.P. Sessions" -- Witness the live filming of chilling real-life E.V.P. recording sessions; "Making Contact: E.V.P. Experts" -- Discover the strange history and extraordinary achievements of E.V.P. through the experiences of leading authorities; "Recording the Afterlife at Home" -- A fascinating and chilling guide to making your own E.V.P. recordings

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Jonathan Rivers
Chandra West Anna Rivers
Deborah Kara Unger Sarah Tate
Ian McNeice Raymond Price
Sarah Strange Jane
Nicholas Elia Mike Rivers
Mike Dopud Detective Smits
Marsha Regis Police Woman
Brad Sihvon Minister
Mitchell Kosterman Work Man
L. Harvey Gold Business Man
Amber Rothwell Susie Tomlinson
Suzanne Ristic Mary Freeman
Connor Tracy Mirabelle Keegan
Miranda Frigon Car Crash Woman
Aaron Douglas Young Father
Anthony Harrison Doctor
Bruce Dawson Mark
Benita Ha TV Reporter
Anastasia Corbett Young Girl
Micki Maunsell Edith Tomlinson
Ross Birchall Young Boy
Peter Bryant Man
Bill Tarling Presence #1
Chuck Walkinshaw Presence #2
Colin Chapin Presence #3
April Telek John's Secretary
Michale Ascher Woman

Technical Credits
Geoffrey Sax Director
Nick Arthurs Editor
Michael S. Bolton Production Designer
Simon Brooks Executive Producer
Paul Brooks Producer
Claude Foisy Score Composer
Stephen Hegyes Executive Producer
Niall Johnson Screenwriter
Karen Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Niemeyer Executive Producer
Richard Coleman Asst. Director
Chris Seager Cinematographer
Jonathan Shore Associate Producer
William Skinner Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Venturi Art Director
Norm Waitt Executive Producer
Maureen Webb Casting
Shawn Williamson Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Talking With the Dead (Main Titles) [2:56]
2. Positive Results [2:17]
3. Missing [7:12]
4. Trying to Communicate [4:30]
5. Sorry for Your Loss [3:33]
6. A Call From Beyond [4:12]
7. Electronic Voice Phenomenon [6:40]
8. They Can't All Be Nice [4:40]
9. "She's Ours" [4:47]
10. It's Not Safe [5:16]
11. Finding Someone Else [4:29]
12. A Cry for Help [5:20]
13. On Willow Avenue [2:56]
14. Not Dead Yet [3:03]
15. Violent Messages [7:41]
16. Physical Contact [6:36]
17. Keep Out [4:55]
18. "They Talk to Me" [8:00]
19. I'm Sorry [4:14]
20. End Titles [4:29]

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