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Derived from a story originally written for The X-Files, Final Destination uses the concept that ‘death’ has a plan and that there’s no escape from it. However, if you somehow cheat this destiny, ‘death’ will get it’s revenge; sooner rather than later.

The transfer of the film to DVD is almost perfect. The image quality, barring a few film artefacts, is spot on. Sharp, clear, colourful and 16x9 enhanced; you couldn’t ask for much more. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is very expansive and makes constant use of all channels. Be warned however that this is a very dynamic soundtrack so don’t let the quieter dialogue-driven scenes fool you into thinking the volume is too low, because the louder sound effects like the plane explosion and the ‘incident’ involving the bus are just that: loud. These scenes in particular managed to leave my heart beating at a very irregular rate for some time.

The commentary by James Wong (director), Glenn Morgan (writer/producer), James Coblentz (editor) and Jeffrey Reddick (writer) reveals many details about the production, particularly how many subtle images and messages were used throughout the film as hints to the storyline. For example the walls of the airport departure lounge are covered in murals depicting the fate of each of the characters. Trivia buffs will have a ball with this. The featurette entitled ‘The Perfect Souffle: Testing Final Destination’ offers an insight into how test audiences responded to the movie, the most entertaining part of this being the executives reading out the answers from audience questionnaires. The three major deleted scenes are also extensively covered in this featurette and are testament to how test screenings can greatly benefit a movie. These scenes, which include an alternate ending, can also be viewed separately on the disc with production audio only. The 19˝ minute ‘Featurette on Premonitions’ contains a somewhat detailed interview with Pam Coronado, a woman with ‘real’ psychic abilities. The two games ‘Death Clock’ and ‘Physic Test’ are merely one final attempt to scare the DVD audience once the movie is over.

Although aimed at the teenage market, Final Destination is a genuinely scary movie that should give most viewers like myself temporary heart trouble on more than one occasion. However, I can’t help but wonder what the story would have been like had it been used for an X-Files episode."
Ben Hooft

Published January 25, 2001

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CAST: Devon Sawa, Ali Carter, Kerr Smith & Tony Todd

DIRECTOR: James Wong


RRP: $34.95

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: December 20, 2000

Anamorphic Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1
Deleted Scenes
Production Featurette
Premonitions Featurette
Audio Commentary

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