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ONE MISSED CALL ($36) is a serviceable enough ghost story that doesn’t break any new ground, but offers enough creepy moments and occasional jolts for an evening of popcorn munching. Based upon the Japanese horror film CHAKUSHIN ARI, this is another "ghost in the machine" terror tale where the supernatural invades technology. The premise of ONE MISSED CALL finds one attractive twenty something after another meeting their demise at the hands of an unknown force. However, prior to their deaths, each victim’s cell phone registers "one missed call," plus a voicemail from themselves, indicating the date and time of their demise. Running a scant eighty-seven minutes, ONE MISSED CALL doesn’t waste any time on character development, but moves from one supernatural death to the next, offering only enough plot in between to direct the central characters to the malevolent force that is responsible. The cast of ONE MISSED CALL features Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe, Margaret Cho, Meagan Good, Rhoda Griffis, Dawn Dininger, Ariel Winter, Sarah Jean Kubik, Raegan Lamb and Karen Beyer.

Warner Home Video has made ONE MISSED CALL available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation looks very good, but not phenomenal, which probably has more to do with the fact that this is a modestly budgeted horror movie, than any deficiencies in the transfer. Image sharpness and detail are good, textures and individual hairs are clearly defined, but ONE MISSED CALL does not look like an "A" List blockbuster. Some sequences appear a little softer than others, but there is nothing here that seems out of sorts for this type of production. Colors are on the dreary side, which seems to be intentional, since a creepy horror movie shouldn’t look like a cheery comedy. However, I will credit the Blu-ray for offering much better color reproduction than what was found on the DVD release of this title. Flesh tones are also more true to life on the Blu-ray. Blacks are accurately rendered, as are the whites. Contrast is good enough, although shadow detail is limited. The elements from which ONE MISSED CALL are transferred are free from effects. Grain is milder than I would have expected.

ONE MISSED CALL is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. The sound quality is smooth and full, but the sound design is fairly flat much of the time. There are a couple of showy sequences where they outlying channels spring to life, but much of ONE MISSED CALL is on the talky side, with modest ambient sounds being present. Dialogue is clean and easy to understand. English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features. No supplemental content is present.

ONE MISSED CALL will kill an evening, but isn’t particularly original or memorable.



One Missed Call [Blu-ray] (2008)


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