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Dark Blue World
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 62 (July 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Ondrej Vetchy, Krystof Hadek & Tara Fitzgerald

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a 33-minute making-of documentary, seven minutes of storyboard/visual effects comparisons, a brief aerial symphony montage, and a photo montage.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 08275
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/28/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jan Sverak
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Flying high over the "Dark Blue World," Franta (Vetchy), a lieutenant in the Czech Air Force, is assigned to mentor and tame Karel (Hadek), a young pilot (read Tom Cruise in Top Gun), that is, until those persistent Nazis invade their homeland. Escaping to England to fly for RAF, and after learning a bit of English from a not-too-friendly schoolmarm, they crash land in France and are taken in by Susan (Fitzgerald), a lonely wife whose husband is off to sea, who offers more than just refuge and food. However, at the end of the war, both men and others who fled to England, find themselves enemies of the state. (PR)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD, framed at 2.40:1, exhibits a pleasing picture, with images that are sharp and nicely detailed. The color palette exhibits complementary saturation for the period of the movie; a little bit dim, but well balanced. Fleshtones appear accurate, and blacks are deep and solid. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. There is some edge enhancement noticed, as well as pixelization. The source element is revealing of minor dirt, artifacts, and film grain. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Review:
After inserting the disc for Dark Blue World, a small little Autorun window will pop up, asking you to click a button to view the film's Web site. If you choose to enter this site, a new window will be created, showing you the main menu. In this Web site, you can find a huge collection of data on the film, including cast and crew biographies, as well as information about the time period this film is set in. Still images from the mjovie, as well as of the airplane the movie is based on, can also be found in the assortment of links garbled together for this site. I was not too disappointed with this title's features, because I did not have any thoughts on the title to begin with. When Dark Blue World somehow appeared on my desk, I felt neither excitement nor remorse. Perhaps I should just stick this in a Mediocre category. Then again, it was pretty bad. (Dann Richelieu)