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An almost total disappointment
on 29 August 2009
Like many others, I was excited to see this film, as a big fan of the Disney attraction. I saw it, I hated it, and I should've left it at that. The gags fell flat, Murphy is too far past his prime to pull off such a corny role, the story was only slightly engaging, and the Mansion became too jokey and not enough scary (except for the genuinely terrifying scene in the tomb...). So, why did I buy the disc?
When Pirates of the Caribbean came out on disc, I was right there to buy it. It was a better attempt at capitalising on a Disney attraction, largely thanks to Johnny Depp's insistence to play Jack Sparrow the way he did, and it was something I knew I'd watch again. Well, the 2-disc version of the movie (the first one, I'm talking about) had a really cool Quicktime 'walkthrough' of the Pirates attraction itself (I don't remember exactly which park's it is, sorry)! So, when I saw that the Haunted Mansion DVD had both 'Disney's DVD Virtual Ride: The Haunted Mansion' AND a DVD-ROM feature called 'Enhanced Virtual Mansion Tour,' I thought I'd be in hog heaven. It was not to be, though: both of these features are merely 'tours' through the overdressed but underconvincing set Mansion from the movie! Colour me red for ENRAGED. In fact, the only feature devoted to this fan-fave attraction is a short 'history' featurette. Everything else is devoted to this underwhelming film.
Too disappointing as a fan of the attraction, but if you're one of the folk who actually enjoyed the movie (and judging from other reviews, those people ARE out there), then there's plenty here to enrich your viewing experience: commentary, scene anatomy, deleted scene, some more DVD-ROM stuff, a featurette on making the film...and Raven doing 'Superstition.' I'll probably get rid of mine, though.