Director: Tibor Takacs
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Louis Tripp, Christa Denton,
creatures unleashed when builders uproot a tree.
you buy a copy of The Gate you’ll see a note on the back that
states that the film has a “Projection Ratio [of] 1.85:1” Oddly
enough, the copy that I was sent had this carefully inked-out,
presumably so that I wouldn’t tell you that, while it may strictly
speaking have been true of its theatrical presentation, it certainly
doesn’t apply to the DVD, which is a horrible full-frame, VHS-quality
transfer crawling with artefacts. This is a shame because Tibor Takacs’ 1987
film is very entertaining. It also features some truly ingenious special
effects work, (including several terrific stop-motion shots and some
superb forced-perspective miniature and matte work), that belie it’s
The film, originally released in Dolby Stereo, is
presented in mono on the disc. The disc contains a theatrical trailer
and a “photo” gallery of extremely blurry still-frames.