Using technology as their medium, voices from the grave make contact with the living in White Noise, which stars Michael Keaton as bereaved husband Jon Rivers. When a mysterious man approaches Rivers, claiming to have contacted his deceased wife, the grieving man stumbles upon the mysterious world of electronic voice phenomena, or EVP, by which the dead contact their loved ones, either appearing in the static of video and audio tapes or placing cell-phone calls from the great beyond.
While skeptics will find themselves smirking through much of the film, the DVD's plethora of extras helps support the movie's outlandish premise. Two experts provide background on EVP in the documentary "Making Contact," and the disc even includes an instructional segment on how to record EVP sessions in the comfort of your own home. In addition to a commentary track from Keaton and director Geoffrey Sax, there are a half-dozen deleted scenes with Sax's explanations for why he excised them.
Although the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack produces dialogue that's occasionally difficult to decipher, the spooky surround-channel usage helps to enhance the suspense, with creepy voices bouncing from speaker to speaker. And, despite the fact that an abundance of static is part of the plot, the 2.35:1 anamorphic picture boasts a lot of contrast, with rich blacks and very crisp highlights.
It's tempting to refer to this movie as "Appliances Behaving Badly," but fans of the genre will find its otherworldly dimension appealing.