When a programmer stops coming to work, his colleagues and friends are worried. One of his co workers decides to go and find out what has happened to him. In his flat all is calm, except he gets up and hangs himself. The co workers are disturbed and they feel that what has happened, is unexpected. They return to his flat and find it empty bar a black mark on the wall. The mark leads to a room, the room is sealed with red tape and has a woman walking like a spider. Death haunts her and then haunts anyone that sees. This leads to a website with the words ‘do you want to see a ghost?’ and this brings up the real question…why is this happening?
The ideas that Pulse plays with are or at least were, very prescient. The fear of the web and its contents were everywhere. Akin to the fear of the dark web in modern discourse now. The concern was what it contained and what it could do to the end user. In Pulse we see the mutant effect of the content. The power of the web via the screen. It works for the time period and even slightly for today. The first half of the film is creepy, unsettling and well observed. The second half is heavy and it runs too long. It has also aged and badly often.
The extras are very good. The interview with the exceptional Kurosawa is filled with his usually intelligence and personality. The cinematographer Hayashi (who has done an exceptional job) interview is also very good. The video appreciation is the real king of the piece however and I really liked the way that Wingard and Barrett give us such a lovers eye on the film. I was also lucky enough to read Stephens work on the film. His essay is excellent.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- High Definition digital transfer
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original 2.0 audio
- New optional English subtitle translation
- Broken Circuits: a new video interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
- Creepy Images: a new video interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
- The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You re Next)
- Original 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