It's weird to think of almost $20 million as chump change, but that's how the movie game is played. Pulse
hasn't set any box office records, having pulled in a mere $19,703,256
as of this past weekend, which is unfortunate for this solid horror film. Kristin Bell
(star of TV's Veronica Mars
) proves she can carry her own weight in features, and the movie has some great creep-out moments with apocalyptic overtones. Kairo,
the Japanese film on which Pulse
was based, is a collection of interesting scenes, separated by moments of tedium and all strung together by a narrative that refuses to coalesce. Some may cry "blasphemy" when they read this, but Jim Sonzero's remake clarifies many of Kairo's
infuriatingly vague elements, creating a truly rare cinematic phenomenon: a remake that improves upon the original.
The film deserved to do better, but I am confident Pulse
will find its audience on DVD. The disk streets on December 5 with a 90-minute unrated cut, 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include a commentary track with the filmmakers, deleted scenes, as well as the featurettes Creating The Fear: Making Pulse
, The Visual Effects Of Pulse
, and Pulse And The Paranormal
. There will also be an 87-minute PG-13 version available in fullscreen only.
[via Bloody Disgusting