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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Three-Disc Collector
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 61 (June 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Kenneth Branagh, Lorcan Cranitch, Matt Day, Ken Drury, Embeth Davidtz, Rupert Frazer, Robert Hardy, Mark McGann, Kevin McNally, Phoebe Nicholls, Corin Redgrave, Nicholas Rowe, Elizabeth Spriggs, Mark Tandy, Pip Torrens, Paul igley, Craig Cheetham, Shaun Dooley, Nicholas Hewetson, Celyn Jones, Chris Larkin, Jamie Lee, Ian Mercer, Chrisian Steele, Rick Warden & Nigel Whitmey

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
The third disc in this three-disc set includes a 49-minute making-of documentary, a 43-minute Biography

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): A&E Home Video
(Catalog Number): AAE-70430
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $49.95
(DVD Type): Three-Disc Set
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 205
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 04/09/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Charles Sturridge
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Special Notes:
Also available in a two-disc movie-only version ($39.95).

Story Synopsis:
Ernest Shackleton (Branagh), the legendary explorer of Antarctica, is featured in this two-part A&E original movie. Based on Shackleton

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits mediocre image quality with colors that lack full saturation. Considering that this is a period piece, some stylistic decisions regarding color were made by the filmmakers. Granted, there will not be a variety of color on Antarctica, and while some hues appear natural, others appear washed out. Blacks lack true depth. Contrast seems a bit low. There are numerous artifacts noticed, and a bothersome amount of pixelization, shimmering details, and edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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