Visitors (2003)
By: Devon B. on February 4, 2009  | 
DVD
Madman (Australia) Region 4, PAL. 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1, English DD 2.0. 86 minutes
The Movie
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Credits
Director: Richard Franklin
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Susannah York, Ray Barrett, Dominic Purcell, Tottie Goldsmith
Screenplay: Everett DeRoche
Country: Australia
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I know a lot of people regard Roman Polanski's Repulsion as a classic, but I couldn't even finish the damn thing. I get bored by the "it was all in their mind" plot device, or its close sibling the "is it all in their mind?" plot device. The only thing I find more annoying than these are dream sequences. Seriously, who falls for dream sequences anymore? They're just padding! I usually find all three of these scenarios to be a waste of time. I know that's a bit silly, given that watching a movie usually is in and of itself a waste of time, but most of the time this sort of thing just bores me. This is something to keep in mind while I tell you about Visitors.

The film is about that lady from Rogue attempting to do a solo 'round the world sail. She heads out from Williamstown, and whenever I'm in Williamstown, I want to get all the way around the world, too. Her only companion is her cat, and she's not allowed to have any people set foot aboard her vessel or she's disqualified. She's a crazy talk to the cat lady from the get go, but when she gets left adrift by a lack of wind, weird things start happening… or is it just cabin fever setting in? Also, a tanker has been hijacked by pirates and is in the same area she's stuck in, and either they're harassing her or she's cracking up, and either way she's worried. To compound the problem, she is seeing apparitions of the possibly recently departed. The film cuts between Mitchell's current predicament and the events that lead up to it.

Firstly, with this feature I can see why Radha Mitchell needed an accent coach for Rogue. Her accent is fainter than a religious zealot at a Billy Graham rally. Her sanity is in question very early on, or maybe I'm the only one that thinks it's crazy to talk to cats, and it's made clear she may have inherited a mental condition from her psycho mom. Her mother is a bitchy, manipulative woman, a very nasty piece of work played extremely well by Susannah York. Aside from a few clever camera tricks, York's performance was the saving grace of this film.

Visitors isn't poorly done, but I just don't go in for this sort of thing. I think my main problem here that is while some people may find the idea of being trapped at sea with nothing to do and no one to talk to scary, to me it sounds like heaven.
Video
Visitors is only a few years old, so the print is sharp and clear with only minor spots.
Audio
The audio is a 5.1 mix, and it's quiet at times. I had to crank it to catch some of the dialogue. Aside from some didgeridoo on the soundtrack, there're only a few echoes of sounds that utilise the 5.1 mix well.
Extra Features
Short bios for the main cast, the director and the producer; stills (yawn); storyboards, the trailer; three brief deleted scene, and some interviews with the cast and crew. The interviews run about 7 ½ minutes, so don't expect to be too enlightened, and most of the talk is the usual promo fluff. The deleted scenes are presented in a rough format with digital encoding stuff on screen, and run about 2 ½ minutes, and didn't really enlighten me either.
The Verdict
I found some of the menus on this DVD slow to load, but otherwise this is an adequate presentation. The movie didn't knock my socks off, but I was watching it barefoot. If you like this sort of thing, give it a gander, if not, watch some other movie about people on the ocean. Preferably one that involves sharks.
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