(Jason Behr, et al / DVD / R / (2007) 2008 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: A tattooist unwittingly unleashes a forcible deadly spirit through an ancient Samoan tattoo tool. Now marked for death he will need to uncover the source of the evil in order to save his new love and recover his own soul.
DVD Verdict: 'The Tattooist' explores the ancient tradition and spiritual belief behind the ancient Samoan art of tatau. Jake Sawyer (Jason Behr, The Shipping News, Skinwalkers), is a modern day painted man with a penchant for the healing powers and ancient beliefs of tattooing. The man is also a gifted tattooist in the traditional sense, traveling the world to ink anyone interested.
While at a tattoo expo, Jake stumbles across a tent where a group of people are performing traditional Samoan tatau on a man. It is here that Jake also first encounters Sina (Mia Blake, Without a Paddle) instantly falling in love. Despite this, Jake decides, in a moment of haste, to steal one of their traditional tatau tools. Shortly afterward, Jake accidentally cuts his hand with the tool. Jake begins to repeatedly hear the rhythmic tapping sound of Samoan tattooing and begins to see a dark figure in flash by in mirrors.
Despite this, Jake sets up shop in a New Zealand town (coincidentally the same town as Sina) where he instantly begins to find success. Jake also finds success with Sina, tattooing her in a moment of passion. Everything is business as usual until one of the people he has tattooed dies a horrible death. Jake soon realizes that everyone he has tattooed is ending up dead. Now Jake needs to figure out how to put an end to this evil in order to save Sina.
'The Tattooist' is essentially just another horror film in this long line of unimaginative horror films where a seemingly undefeatable evil entity begins to kill people at random. Things look hopeless for the film protagonists until they figure out that the killer is a scorned ghost whose own violent murder needs to be solved. Other films that feature almost the exact same plot line include The Ring, Fear Dot Com and One Missed Call. The only thing that changes between these films, is the innocuous item that these so called trapped souls have chosen to choose their victims from.
'The Tattooist' DVD release is presented in anamorphic widescreen and features a 5.1 stereo surround soundtrack. The DVD includes several special features include deleted scenes, and an audio commentary with film director Peter Burger and actor Jason Behr. The DVD also boasts several featurettes covering various subjects including The Tattooist: Behind the Scenes, Behind the Tattoo Designs, The Colors of the Tattooist, Becoming a Chief, and Real Life Samoan Tattoo.
The DVD release also features a bonus digital copy of the film that can be transferred to a PC computer or watch it on your Sony PSP or Sony Playstation 3. Unfortunately at this time, the digital copies are not compatible with Macintosh computers.