SRP $38.95 2.35:1 PCM 5.1 SONY
 
SRP $28.95 2.40:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 

If only the narrative structure of "PREMONITION" was a fraction as tight as the theatrical trailer had been! Sandra Bullock stars as Linda, a woman whom finds out that her husband was killed in a car crash. After dealing with the horror of this revelation, she awakens the following day to find her husband perfectly fine and lying beside her in bed. But, of course, more strange occurrences continue, making it virtually impossible for Linda or the audience to find out whether what's happening is real or if she's going nuts.  One would hope that in the course of the film's running time, a suitable explanation is revealed, but what comes about feels like a shoddy, late-night cable tv melodrama. It's really infuriating to witness! It's hard not to feel that Linda's husband is the lucky one, as he managed to get out of the film before the audience did!

SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement for the widescreen dvd and a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer with 2.40:1 ratio for the blu-ray release.  "PREMONITION" has a nice look to it. Heavily stylized, colors are rich and vibrant, appearing extremely deep, without every succumbing to over-saturation. The dvd suffers in a few instances from artifacts, but otherwise, looks stunning. The blu-ray is notably richer and without any of the pixelation found on the dvd. Fleshtones appear somewhat restrained on both formats, but the detail is impressive on dvd, and stunning on blu-ray.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for the dvd and a PCM 5.1 mix for the blu-ray.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix isn't one of the more aggressive mixes to be found on dvd lately. Most of the separation is delegated to the front soundstage, and surrounds are utilized mostly for music and ambient effects. The blu-ray's PCM mix is notably louder and with deeper bass, but surrounds are also restrained. Not one of the most impressive mixes, but it's not dull either.

SONY has included an audio commentary with the film's director and Bullock. It's actually more entertaining than the film itself. However, the director is clueless as to his own shortcomings. When commenting on an optional track for deleted scenes and an alternate ending,(also included herein) he credits the alternate ending as being very "hitchcockian"? Hitchcock at his worst is better than anything achieved in "PREMONITION."