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THE CRAFT ($30) is something of a cliché when it comes to dealing with the subject of female empowerment. THE CRAFT features four female protagonists who are outcasts amongst their high school social structure. When these young women gain supernatural power through the use of witchcraft, the witches become bitches. It’s one thing to get even with the people who give you grief, it’s another when revenge leaves death and destruction in its wake. THE CRAFT certainly proves the old adage about absolute power. The film starts off like a typical film about teenaged angst, and contains some humorous moments, but THE CRAFT turns nasty by its midsection, changing the tone of the film to supernatural thriller. Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Rachel True are all talented and attractive actresses who are enjoyable to watch on the screen. All four manage to rise over the structural weaknesses in the film’s screenplay.

Columbia TriStar has presented THE CRAFT Letterboxed only on this DVD release. The Letterboxed transfer restores THE CRAFT in its proper 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio and the framing appears correct. The image is finely detailed and the colors offer good saturation. The DVD edition of THE CRAFT had more apparent detail than its Laserdisc counterpart, due to the lack of video noise on the DVD. There were only a couple of brief instances of digital artifacts. The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has an excellent mix. The discrete channels offer distinct separations as well as atmosphere. The mix also turns explosive during the special effects sequences and is certain to give your system a workout. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround soundtrack as well as French and Spanish language tracks. Subtitles are available in Spanish and Korean. While I do have some problems with the story line of THE CRAFT, I actually found myself liking the film a lot more on DVD than I did on Laserdisc.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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