It's weird to think of almost $20 million as chump change, but that's how the movie game is played. Pulse hasn't set any box office records, having pulled in a mere $19,703,256 as of this past weekend, which is unfortunate for this solid horror film. Kristin Bell (star of TV's Veronica Mars) proves she can carry her own weight in features, and the movie has some great creep-out moments with apocalyptic overtones. Kairo, the Japanese film on which Pulse was based, is a collection of interesting scenes, separated by moments of tedium and all strung together by a narrative that refuses to coalesce. Some may cry "blasphemy" when they read this, but Jim Sonzero's remake clarifies many of Kairo's infuriatingly vague elements, creating a truly rare cinematic phenomenon: a remake that improves upon the original.

The film deserved to do better, but I am confident Pulse will find its audience on DVD. The disk streets on December 5 with a 90-minute unrated cut, 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include a commentary track with the filmmakers, deleted scenes, as well as the featurettes Creating The Fear: Making Pulse, The Visual Effects Of Pulse, and Pulse And The Paranormal. There will also be an 87-minute PG-13 version available in fullscreen only.

[via Bloody Disgusting]