“Pulse” is one of those films were time makes it hard to look back upon it fairly. We all get that technology creates an emotional disconnect in humanity. People should be closer and willing to put down the smartphones. How does that translate to horror? Well, Kurosawa (not the dead one) finds a way to nail the motion of horror. The ghosts of Pulse exists as apparitions existing on the edge of the living world.
Many others writers have discussed the library sequence and it’s an amazing set piece. But, the film never fully connects on the concept of the dead trying to escape into the world of the living. “Pulse” is ultimately undone by going overlong in a haunting tale. Honestly, it’s the reason why most storytellers evade ghosts anymore. Trapping characters in fixed locales and making them wait for an attack is boring in a visual medium. Still, pick it up.
- New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
- New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
- The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You’re Next)
- Archive ‘Making of’ documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
- Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
- Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
- Trailers and TV Spots
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY:Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0