REVIEW: THE CRY OF THE OWL
OVERVIEW: Based on the novel by acclaimed author and suspense master Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers On A Train), the psychological thriller THE CRY OF THE OWL makes its DVD debut June 8, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film tells the story of Robert (Paddy Considine, Cinderella Man), a man trying to recover from a messy divorce by seeking solace in a small town. Robert becomes fascinated by the apparent domestic bliss of Jenny (Julia Stiles, The Bourne Trilogy), who he secretly watches through her window. When Jenny catches him, she invites him in and the two begin a relationship, much to the chagrin of Jenny’s boyfriend. But when her boyfriend goes missing, Robert becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation, leaving him to wonder if Jenny may not be all that she seems.
SYNOPSIS: Obsession, betrayal, suspicion and murder. A young woman (Julia Stiles, The Omen, Passage) finds herself inexplicably attracted to a mysterious stranger (Paddy Considine, The Bourne Ultimatum) who has been stalking her. But when her boyfriend suddenly disappears and her enigmatic stranger becomes the prime suspect, she gets caught in an intense and dangerous game of deadly deception. Based on the novel by suspense master Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), this powerful psychological thriller will keep you guessing right up to its mind-blowing conclusion.
DVD: The film is presented in widescreen enhanced
for 16x9 TVs. Looks clean images without any types of color
saturation. Paramount Home Entertainment has done a pretty
good job with this transfer. Not only the picture
looks good in this version of the film, also the sound
it is good. A Dolby Digital English providing a nice
complement to the picture. It also includes English
subtitles. Unfortunately the DVD doesn't include French and
Spanish subtitles, which I found to be considering the big
Hispanic population in the USA.
In terms of special features
the DVD doesn't include any, typical of this type of releases.
Overall The Cry of The Owl is
able to create momentum in its beginning by developing a good
sensation of the unknown, however that momentum vanishes very
fast as the audience is expose to the key components of the
plot, making it just another thriller from the pack.
Anamorphic Widescreen (16x9)
Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles - English
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