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WISHMASTER ($30) is a fun, effects driven horror outing, which is different enough to separate it from the rest of the pack. Horror films have gone through witches, werewolves, ghosts, assorted demons and even evil leprechauns. WISHMASTER has the distinction of offering a malevolent Djinn its villain. The Djinn presented in WISHMASTER is a far cry from the magical creature Barbara Eden portrayed in I DREAM OF JEANNIE. Djinns are evil creatures bound to grant wishes, but as a method of collecting human souls which in turn will allow them to open a doorway to the dimension where others of their kind wait for their chance to overtake our realm. WISHMASTER stars Andrew Divoff as the evil Djinn and Tammy Lauren as the young woman who releases the Djinn from the gemstone in which he was imprisoned. Director Robert Kurtzman knows the horror audience and puts what they want to see up on the screen. Horror notables Robert Englund, Tony Todd and Ted Raimi have featured roles and make the proceedings just that much more enjoyable. The cast of WISHMASTER also includes Wendy Benson, Tony Crane and Chris Lemmon.

Live Entertainment offers WISHMASTER in both Letterboxed and full screen presentations on opposite sides of the DVD. The Letterboxed version features the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement for wide screen televisions. The full screen version looks very much like its Letterboxed counterpart, except that there is more information at the top and bottom of the frame. The Letterboxed version offers WISHMASTER in its proper 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio and makes for a more pleasing presentation. Both transfers have excellent detail with richly saturated colors. Digital compression artifacts were never really a problem.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a terrific mix, which makes excellent use of the discrete channels. The sound engulfs the viewer as well as pinging from channel to channel. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround compatible track, plus an audio commentary featuring Robert Kurtzman and writer Peter Atkins. Fans of the movie will find the commentary enjoyable and informative.

The interactive menus are animated and offer access to a theatrical teaser, a theatrical trailer, cast biographies, plus a documentary with behind the scenes footage. The documentary is fun and lets one see the filmmakers working in their environment.

Horror fans will want to add the WISHMASTER DVD to their libraries because it is an entertaining genre film and its supplements make it quite collectable.




DVD reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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