Stir of Echoes [Special Edition] [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 6740672
  • Release Date: 08/17/2004
  • Rating: R
  • 4.5 (15)
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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Overall Customer Rating:
4.5
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

Special Features

  • 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
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Stir of Echoes
In this supernatural thriller, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a fairly typical working-class guy living in Chicago with his wife Maggie (Kathryn Erbe) and his son Jake (Zachary David Cope). One night at a party, Tom gets into a lively discussion with his sister-in-law, Lisa (Illeana Douglas), who believes in psychic communication and the power of hypnosis. He challenges Lisa to hypnotize him, and she plants in him a post-hypnotic suggestion to be more open-minded. But the results aren't quite what Lisa or Tom expected; Tom now senses an air of terrible dread throughout his house and is convinced that evil lurks just around the corner. He also sees the spirit of a girl from the neighborhood who disappeared months ago -- and Jake sees the spirit as well. Stir of Echoes was based on a novel by Richard Matheson, whose work inspired such disparate films as Somewhere in Time and The Incredible Shrinking Man; it was written and directed by David Koepp, who wrote the screenplays for Jurassic Park and Mission: Impossible. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kevin Bacon
    Kevin Bacon - Tom Witzky
  • Kathryn Erbe
    Kathryn Erbe - Maggie Witzky
  • Illeana Douglas
    Illeana Douglas - Lisa
  • Liza Weil
    Liza Weil - Debbie Kozac
  • Kevin Dunn
    Kevin Dunn - Frank McCarthy

Overall Customer Rating

4.5 out of 54.5
15 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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