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White Noise [WS] [DVD] [2005]

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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • 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
    • Closed Captioned


    White Noise
    Divorced architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) seems to lead a pretty good life with partial custody of his young son and a happy second marriage to Anna (Chandra West), a best-selling author. Things take an ugly turn when Anna disappears during a thunderstorm, apparently the victim of a freak accident. Eventually, her body is found, and Jonathan sinks into despair. Then he meets Raymond (Ian McNeice), who claims that Anna has contacted him through EVP, or electronic voice phenomena. Raymond explains that the dead can communicate from beyond via static on common electronic equipment like radios and televisions. Jonathan is skeptical until he starts getting phone calls from Anna's inactive cell phone. He visits Raymond, whose home is filled with audio and video monitors and high-tech recording equipment. There he meets Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger), who has recently received a farewell message from her late fiancé. Jonathan eventually receives what appears to be a communication from Anna, but soon afterward, Raymond turns up dead. Obsessed with maintaining contact with his late wife, Jonathan visits a psychic (Connor Tracy) who warns him that he's going down a dangerous path, "meddling" in the affairs of the dead. Undaunted, Jonathan continues to study EVP and eventually finds that he's getting messages from people who haven't died...yet. White Noise was directed by Geoffrey Sax from an original script by Niall Johnson. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael Keaton
      Michael Keaton - Jonathan Rivers
    • Chandra West
      Chandra West - Anna Rivers
    • Deborah Kara Unger
      Deborah Kara Unger - Sarah Tate
    • Ian McNeice
      Ian McNeice - Raymond Price
    • Sarah Strange
      Sarah Strange - Jane

    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nice Ghost story


      'White Noise' is one of the more enjoyable movies about the preposterous notion of communicating with the dead that I've ever seen. I'm not a Michael Keaton fan (I don't dislike him either), so I almost passed this movie over. Wow! Am I glad I didn't. This film is gripping from the start. Keaton's performance is beyond what I knew he was capable of. Setting aside the eeriness of the movie, one is intrigued by the interaction of the characters. There's a lesson to be learned here too. Don't let the life you have pass you by while trying to hold on to what is no longer there. Keaton's character becomes so engrossed with attempting to communicate with a dead loved one, that he neglects the living people that are still there in his life. And who still need him to be there for them. As for the HD version of this film, it's stunning. The standard was very well done and I didn't expect to see much difference in picture quality. Although some people smirk at the demise of HD DVD, they need to understand something important. If it weren't for HD DVD, Blu-Ray wouldn't have not been invented. Don't believe me? Read the history of the formats. But it's all good I have a Blu-Ray player too. For instance HD DVD has always used VC-1 as it's encoding. Blu-Ray started out still using versions of MPEG. Most Blu-Ray movies now use VC-1 or equivalent, but; would they have had it not been the standard set first by their competitor? I feel that any movie which uses special effects benefits greatly from any type of Higher Definition discs. And 'White Noise' definitely does. If it is a movie you'll be watching repeatedly, and showing to others. Then, it's worth buying in either one of the Hi-Def formats.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good horror/thriller movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Great acting by Michael Keaton and good sense of intense situations to keep the audience guessing and on the edge of their seats.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie amazing picture transfer

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Finally after years this movie finally made bluray. If you watch this in a 249hz tv the detail is amazing!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars




      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Good movie. Nice that it comes with a digital copy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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