The Grudge—Columbia TriStar
Since I didn't see this in the theater, I'm gonna have to assume that the audio on my disc wasn't screwed up and that the noise that's supposed to be terrifying the characters in the movie (and by association the viewer) as it signals the "Grudge" is approaching really does sound a lot like "creaaaaakkkkkkkkkk." Yep, kind of like a door hinge that needs to be oiled. It's just, not exactly terror inducing, at all—not even in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Overall, though, this film does compensate for weird plot twists and creaking noises with a decent-sounding DVD. Check out chapter 23 for a good dose of the nice horror movie soundtrack interlaced with the sound of splashing and the cries of that creepy little boy.
The Grudge DVD's 1.85:1 aspect ratio has a pretty grayish, muted palette, which comes through well on this disc. For a splash of color, though, see chapter 27 with its trippy shots of The Grudge and her blood-red eyes descending on Sarah Michelle Gellar's unfortunate boyfriend.
Extras include two featurettes: "Under the Skin," which explains why we get scared when we watch horror movies (especially helpful here since you're not gonna get scared watching this DVD) and "A Powerful Rage: Behind The Grudge," a look at why they remade the original Japanese film for an American audience. There's also a commentary track with producer Sam Raimi, Gellar, and several other members of the cast. Gellar in particular sounds very bubbly and pumped about this flick in a way that makes me wonder, did she actually see The Grudge?