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DVD Reviews: Signs (Rental)

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 1 March 2003
Distributed by:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Mel Gibson stars in this thriller about the world under threat from invaders from another world in Signs. He plays the part of Graham Hess, a former minister of the church who has left the faith to stay with his family and tend the farm after the death of his wife.

Their world is turned upside down after Hess' children discover a crop circle in the cornfields outside their house and all of a sudden other crop circles show up all over the planet proving to be navigational signs placed by advance scouts of an alien invasion force.

The movie itself is secular, choosing to predominantly remain on the farm, Hess, his two children and his brother, played by Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator). The movie's strength lies in it's dialogue and appears very rarely to use any sort of special effects to enhance the storyline. The script is very tight and the exceptional abilities of the actors will keep you riveted from start to finish.

The feature is transferred in 16:9 Widescreen format and recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. The film appears to have been given some sort of colour treatment as seems to be a trademark of director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) and looks great. There is a very brief pause when the disc changes layers however it is not a hindrance to the movie. Surround sound is used effectively and is not over the top. There are a number of times that it's used very effectively to shock the viewer and this it does extremely admirably.

I was disappointed to only see that there were no specials on this DVD and this has resulted in the second score being 0/10. The movie itself is worth the purchase of the disc, however I have seen other Shyamalan movies where there was lot more content on the disc and the director does give very good commentaries which would have been worth including on this DVD.

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