MASTERS OF HORROR Dario Argento JENIFER Distributed by: Anchor Bay Entertainment Original Air Date: 18 November 2005 (Season 1, Episode 4) Film Length: 58 minutes Genre: Horror/Thriller Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Colour/B&W: Colour Audio: English 5.1 Surround English 2.0 Surround Subtitles: none Film Rating: not rated Release Date: August 15, 2006. Rating: / Scare Factor: / Steven Weber (Frank Spivey), Carrie Anne Fleming (Jenifer) Teleplay by: Steven Weber Directed by: Dario Argento Yikes, I expected a lot more from Jenifer, Dario Argento’s entry in the Masters of Horror series. It was slow, strange, and illogical with a few loose ends never tied up. Frank Spivey is a cop who is seemingly never at work (if he was on vacation he never let us knew). One day on his job (the only day we see him work) he saves a girl from being hacked up by a madman. The man is shot dead and the girl he saves is Jenifer. She has a beautiful body – slim, rounded, long blonde hair flowing past the shoulders and over her face…a body you’d kill over…or be killed over. Jenifer’s face is disfigured, horribly…not by some terrible accident, but for some unknown reason. What is she? We don’t know, but fearing that she’d be ridiculed out on the streets and with her unable to speak any language, Frank Spivey takes her home to his family to live. His wife has a fit. His rebellious son is appalled but loves the bod. But after some freak accidents in the house by Jenifer Frank’s wife packs up and leaves home indefinitely with her son. Frank, in complete lust for Jenifer, hides away with her in an unknown town where he seems to start a new life with this…thing. Little does he she what horrible things she is capable of doing. When you are done watching this episode (for the guys), I guarantee it’ll be a while before you get the image of Jenifer’s face out of your head next time you kiss a girl…and those whimpering moaning sounds…they will drive you insane when you hear them in your every day life. An effect I’m sure was planned. Dammit! VIDEO QUALITY / Like all other Masters of Horror titles, this title is presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen. This time the video doesn’t look good like the rest of them. I don’t know what went wrong here, but there is a lot of mosquito noise and grain, the image is dull and dim, and pales in comparison to the rest of the titles I’ve viewed so far. It seemed not as much care has gone into this title, or the job was sloppy. On a 110” screen this title does not stack up well to the rest of the series. The picture has some good black levels that are adequately defined in the darkest part of the picture. It’s the bright parts of the image that aren’t all that bright, which is fine if that is the intent. Where this title sort of suffers is with the details in the house interiors…the picture looks a bit murky and lacking definition. Colours are natural but slightly desaturated. There was no vividness of colour…just an overcast image that didn’t look intentional. Hmmmm… AUDIO QUALITY / The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack delivers the original recording to our homes. The result is dull, lifeless, limited soundtrack that is unexciting and not the best in production quality. Much of this soundtrack is limited to the center channel with a bit of music and effects stretched out to the sides. Surround use and LFE are limited. Dialogue is forward but not strident. Overall, it’s just O.K. TACTILE FUN!! / TRANSDUCER ON/OFF?: OFF Since there is very little LFE I’d have a tough time recommending the use of the tactile I didn’t find it effective at all so I don’t believe you’ll miss it for this title. SPECIAL FEATURES / If you own other Masters of Horror titles you’ll be familiar with the layout of special features on this disc. It’s organized just the same so I’ll list them out rather than getting into obvious details about them. I will say they are well done and are worth the viewing. This is a lot of supplements for a single TV show, and much more than we get with some films that deserve a lot! “So Hideous My Love” is a featurette featuring an interview with Dario Argento ”Working With A Master: Dario Argento” is another Argento featurette On Set: An Interview with Steven Weber On Set: An Interview with Carrie Anne Fleming Script to Screen: Jenifer Behind the Scenes: The Making of Jenifer Audio Commentary by writer/actor Steven Weber and DVD producer Perry Martin Howard Berger and the Make-Up of Jenifer Trailers Sill Gallery Dario Argento Bio Screenplay on DVD-ROM Screensaver on DVD-ROM IN THE END... This isn’t a great entry in the Masters of Horror series. Mr. Argento, I expected much more! For more information on this series you can visit www.mastersofhorror.net. Mike Osadciw September 13, 2006.