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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 63 (Aug 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Iures, Linus Roache

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes two commentaries: one with Bruce Willis, director Gregory Hoblit, and writer Billy Ray; and a second track with producer David Foster. There are also 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary, a photo gallery, the theatrical trailer, and two bonus trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1003589
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some strong war violence and language.
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer/Dual Layer (DVD14)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/09/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gregory Hoblit
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After being taken prisoner during World War II, Lt. Tommy Hart (Farrell), a second-year Harvard Law School student, is sent to a German POW camp. While there, a young black man, Lt. Lincoln Scott (Howard), is accused of murder, and Col. William McNamara (Willis) convinces the commandant (Iures) to allow the prisoners to hold their own trial. After Tommy agrees to defend Lt. Scott and begins his investigation, he finds that not all of his fellow prisoners are on the same side and that Col. McNamara is using the trial to cover up a former mission he still intends to carry out.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD image, framed at 2.35:1, exhibits a picture that is quite satisfying. The color scheme creates a cold atmosphere, with silvery blues and grays, and an overall desaturated appearance, which visually complements the harsh conditions at the POW camp. Images are sharp, with pleasing facial details and fabric textures. Viewed in a completely blackened room, the darkest scenes hold up nicely with good shadow delineation. Edge enhancement is especially noticed against the contrast of the snow or wintry sky, but otherwise the picture is quite clean. Minor pixelization is noticed, but nothing that is too obtrusive. (Suzanne Hodges) The DVD includes a modified 1.33:1 version (not reviewed) on the disc

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