Hypnose (Stir of Echoes) / Exorcism (Possessed) | Coffret Collector | First Pressing

 Product Details

Product Type
DVD

Origin
France

UPC/EAN/Barcode
3700173204645

Distributor
Aventi Distribution

Contents
» 2 Discs
» Digipack
» Slipcase

Limitation
First Pressing

Out of Print
No

Still in Collection
Yes

Purchased At
www.amazon.fr


 Disc 1

Contents
» Stir of Echoes (movie)
» Theatrical Trailer (in English)
» Making of (06m 13s)

Type
DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio
English DD 5.1
» French DD 5.1
» French DTS 5.1

Subtitles
French (FORCED with English audio)


 Disc 2

Contents
» Possessed (movie)
» Cast & Crew Biographies
» - Timothy Dalton
» - Christopher Plummer
» - Henry Czerny
» - Steven E. de Souza
» Interview with Steven E. de Souza (21m 18s)
» Theatrical Trailer (in French)

Type
DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
4:3 Fullscreen

Audio
English DD 2.0
» French DD 2.0

Subtitles
French (FORCED with English audio)


 Movie Details

Short info
Original Title: Stir of Echoes (1999)
Directed by: David Koepp

Short info
Original Title: Possessed (2000)
Directed by: Steven E. de Souza

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 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

The idea of combining a rather big hollywood film with a surprisingly unknown and unrelated made-for-TV bargain bin special is beyond me. I mean I get the idea of trying to sell the two based on the fame (somewhat) of the first film but to make a classy digipack for it is just plain weird.

Oh well, whatever the reason, this is quite a fine looking case, especially for an unrelated combo deal. The digipack itself is also surprisingly thick and well made, while the matte black slipcase feels just as classy as the rest.

All in all I'll give this set a big plus for the design as well as the fact that the front cover makes no mention of the second (less popular) film. And for the record I don't really think there's much else to choose from if you'de like something other than keepcase for these films but that's just from what I've seen (havn't really dug deep on this one).

The fact that the titles are the french ones does add a bit of confusion to what films are included but this is a rather small flaw and not a very big surprise so I'm gonna let it slide.


Disc contents / Extras

The first disc comes with a rather slim lineup for the film Stir of Echoes (aka Hypnose in France). The making of is not so much a making of but more of a sloppy edited bundle of behind the scenes stuff. This featurette could be exclusive but there are several other editions with featurettes of about the same running time so I can't really be sure.

Furthermore; the behind the scenes stuff is all in english and there are no subtitles available. The trailer is presented in the original english audio but french subtitles are forced.

Also, the menu system does not allow one to choose the english audio track without french subtitles (or the french audio track with french subtitles for that matter). I've tried to switch off the french subtitles through remote but this doesn't work on my player. However, when I tried the disc in my computer the audio and subtitle tracks could be switched anyway I pleased.

The second disc comes with a pretty simular lineup - not very heavy on the extras and not with to many options all together. Like with first disc, there is no way to switch off the french subtitles in the menu (nor with the remote) but, just as before, the computer fixes this little problem straight away.

Possessed (or Exorcism) is presented in 4:3 fullscreen (which I'm assuming is it's original aspect ratio as it was made for television). This is not a very big film and I for one don't really care for it... but what's striking is that this release appears to be one of the few that actually has this film issued with a couple of bonus features.

I've looked around and havn't really found to many releases for this film at all but this edition actually has as 20 min interview with the director attached to it. Granted, this interview comes with burned french subs but it's all in english and still feels like an interesting supplement for such an obscure title.

So to summarise; Is this a release worth to pick up? Well yeah, the packaging is quite nice and it seems to be the only edition to include some kind of extra for the film Possessed, but as far as the rest of the disc specs are concerned, this comes off as a rather crappy concept.

A true fan of the films might consider it for supplements and packaging but I would suggest getting a different release for Stir of Echoes as there are several other editions that appear to be much better (like the R1 special edition which adds several featurettes as well as a commentary track).


Sidenotes

There are two pressings of this release. The first press (seen here) might still be available in some places but be well aware that the second release is presented in a very simular slipcase but looses the digipack in favor of the plastic keepcase.

If you're having a hard time telling which is which it can be mentioned that the second pressing slipcase adds "Edition Double DVD" at the top of the front cover. On the other hand I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of shops show them with the same cover image anyway so best of luck to you if you wanna go look for it online.


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