Director: Steve Carpenter

Starring: Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Luke Wilson

Soul Survivors is about a bunch of teenagers (including Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Eliza Dushku) whose lives are shattered in a traumatic car crash that might – or might not – have had fatal consequences (it’s all pretty muddled). 

The film, which has a similar feel to Final Destination, tries hard to offer something different from the slew of I Know What You Did Last Summer clones, and, to be fair, it occasionally succeeds. It will probably have enormous appeal to the Dawson’s Creek generation, but won’t cut ice with genre fans that have heard of Jacob’s Ladder

The UK retail DVD has a first class 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer, an airy 5.1 audio mix (at 448kbps), and a good selection of bonus materials (about half an hour’s worth) including a couple of deleted scenes, an alternative ending and a couple of short documentaries (including a promotional piece masquerading as a Making of… featurette). The rest of the extras are equally disposable, including a ten-minute pseudo-Spinal Tap-style documentary about a band that provided music for the film. The best feature is a presentation of three scenes where you can toggle back and forth between the storyboards and the finished scene using the angle function. It’s all pretty academic: not only is the UK disc is missing some of the features on the Region 1 disc, (including a “selected scenes” commentary from one of the lead actresses, which runs for about a third of the film), but the 12 certificate UK version is not the extended R-rated version offered on the US disc. There’s not an awful lot of difference between the two versions (the US version features some more skin, a bit more blood, and a steamier lesbian clinch between Ms. Dushku and Angela Featherstone), but it effectively makes the UK disc completely redundant.











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