Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 29th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Canada / USA / UK, 1990
Director: Douglas Jackson
Writer: Anita Doohan
Cast:Victoria Tennant, Jean LeClerc, Chris Sarandon, Peter MacNeill, Linda Sorensen, Eric Christmas, Keith Knight, Jackie Burroughs, Tom Rack, Vlasta Vrana
DVD released: February 21st, 2012
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: An author is stalked by a relentless psychopath, who appears to be impervious to death.
The screenplay for Whispers was adapted from a Dean R. Koontz novel of the same name. The screenplay for Whispers was written by Anita Doohan, who’s only other notable writing credit includes Embryo (Created to Kill). The score for Whispers was composed by Fred Mollin, who’s other notable credits include, Fast Company and Screwballs II.
Content wise, while the are many interesting ideas that are introduced into the story at hand. It is the way in which they are ultimately executed that proves to be this films worst enemy. Of course, there are several other areas in which this film does not come out smelling like roses, its flat visuals, lethargic pacing and it aforementioned convoluted plot.
Finally the performances from the entire cast are at best mediocre and in the case of its leading lady, downright dreadful. If any, the only performance that provides any kind of entertainment is Jean LeClerc in the role of psychopath who is staking the film’s protagonist.
Far too many silver screen adaptations of literary works fail to capture the essence of the source material. And while this is most definitely the case with this film, to solely credit this films demise to this reason would be to excessively generous. Since this is just one of are a myriad of problems that plague this forgettable adaption of Dean R. Koontz Whispers.
Scorpion Releasing presents Whispers in its intended 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. Details tend to lean more towards looking soft, colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels are at best average and edge enhancement varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There are no problems with distortion or background noise and dialog comes through clearly.
Extras for this release are limited to trailers for Death Ship, Final Exam, The House on Sorority Row, Humongous, Nothing but the Night, Double Exposure, The Survivor, Human Experiments, The Incubus, The Devil Within Her and The Pyx.
There are two ways to watch the main feature, ‘Play Movie’ or ‘Play Katarina’s Nightmare Theater’. This second option include comments before and after the main feature from Katarina Leigh Waters, who’s comments are done in a more analytical way as she gives a overall of who all the main players in this production are and she closes with her thoughts on the main feature. Overall Whispers gets a average audio / video presentation from Scorpion Releasing.