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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, Christopher Penn & John Lithgow

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
There are no supplements. (Paramount continues to note in the Special Features box on the back jacket "special features not rated" even when there aren't any special features!)

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 01589
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/08/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Herbert Ross
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Footloose" is the spirited story of youthful exuberance against the rigid morality of a Midwestern farm town. Ren McCormick (Bacon) has moved from the big city and finds himself in an uptight town where music has been banned. Ren rebels against the ordinance and with friends, Willard (Penn) and the minister

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is a bit soft in appearance, though details can be nicely rendered at times. Colors are dated with slightly brownish fleshtones and undefined blacks. Contrast appears a bit low, limiting detail, with poor shadow delineation. Edge enhancement can be a problem at times. The source element is revealing of some minor dirt. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack, features, as expected, music that substantially penetrates the spatial soundstage. In this respect, the surrounds are prominent in nature, and there's nice accompanying deep bass with some .1 LFE engagement. The music and the dialogue also exhibit the original recording's dated fidelity, though, and the latter especially can sound somewhat strident. The soundtrack repurposing also includes ambient effects which are subtly yet noticeably spacious. (Perry Sun)