The Plot: Many years ago, Laura left the orphanage where she had spent her childhood. Now, thirty years later, she returns with her husband and her young son Simon, with a dream of restoring and reopening the long-abandoned orphanage as a home for disabled children. But the mysterious surroundings awaken Simonís imagination, and the boy starts to spin a web of fantastic tales and not-so-innocent games ..
As events take a sinister turn, Laura slowly becomes convinced that something long-hidden and terrible is lurking in the old house, something waiting to emerge and inflict appalling damage on her family (Disc sleeve).
The video: A striking 16:9 VC-1 transfer; a subdued yet bold and powerful colour palette, with precise fine object detail and inky blacks that still allow light to fall naturally without crush (4.5) (HD-D).
The audio: This DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix raised the bar for high-def audio. Crisp and prioritised dialogue, eerie interior acoustics, subtle and environmentally detailed outdoor scenes, transparent pans, precise directionality, menacing LFE and aggressive rear channels (5).