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In October 1969, while his beloved New York Mets play in the World Series, firefighter Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) is hard at work. He's a devoted husband to his wife Julia (Elizabeth Mitchell) and father to his son Johnny. Three decades later, John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) is a cop whose life is going nowhere. As the 30th anniversary of his father's death in a warehouse fire approaches, he finds Frank's old ham radio set. He starts playing around with it as the most powerful sunspots in decades light up the aurora borealis. To his surprise, he finds someone to talk to - his dead father.

"In 1999, during a period of unusually strong solar activity, John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) inadvertently makes contact with his father in 1969 over an old ham radio. After giving a word of warning, John prevents his father’s death and soon discovers the dire consequences of changing history.

Anyone familiar with theories put forward by people like Steven Hawking will know that when you get involved with astrophysics and topics such as time warping things can get very confusing very quickly. The complexities and variables involved are often enough to challenge even the best of brains. However the seemingly difficult task of portraying such a complex story has been handled very well by Frequency and is an enjoyable piece of ‘science fantasy’.

Frequency is presented in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and is 16:9 enhanced. Barring one small glitch in the picture brightness at 1h11m00s, the image quality throughout the entire movie is exceptional with high levels of detail and glorious colours. Film artifacts are virtually non-existent. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio follows with the same high level of quality. Great sound design and frequent use of the rear channels create a superb surround sound experience.

The ‘Conceptual & Solar Galleries’ allow you to view four different stages of the solar animation sequences. Each stage can be played separately or played together utilising the multiple angle feature. The 38-minute documentary ‘The Science and Technology Behind Frequency’ is as the title suggests an analysis of the facts and theories that the movie is based upon. It covers many topics including the aurora borealis, time travel as well as the functions and uses of ham radios. Did you know that there is actually a recorded case where an amateur ham radio operator received a signal from a radio station that had been off the air for ten years? Anyone like myself with a thirst for knowledge will no doubt enjoy this documentary.

After being forced to make numerous cuts to the film for a PG-13 rating, director Gregory Hoblit takes the opportunity during his commentary to express his dissatisfaction with ratings system describing it as ‘arbitrary’. In the end I tend to get the feeling that Hoblit is somewhat of a perfectionist. He makes it quite clear that he’s not 100% satisfied with the movie and actually concedes that if he were to make it again it would be better. In particular Hoblit explains that the ending would be different. His preferred ending, in which he goes into great detail, never advanced off paper due to overwhelming audience support for the ending that is in the movie. To finish off an already great extras package are four deleted scenes. A great DVD and a worthy addition to your collection."
Ben Hooft

Published April 19, 2001

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CAST: Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel, Shawn Doyle

DIRECTOR: Gregory Hoblit

RUNNING TIME: 114 minutes


DVD RELEASE: January 23, 2001

Director's Commentary
Four Deleted Scenes
Documentary - "The Science Behind Frequency"
Conceptual and Solar Galleries (Featuring multi-angle)
Cast and Crew Biographies
Theatrical Trailer
English Subtitles
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby 2.0 Surround
Scene Selections

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