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Staying Alive
Genre: Drama

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

John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Steve Inwood & Julie Bovasso

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 ar eno 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): 01302
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(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): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1983
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/08/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sylvester Stallone
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tony Manero (Travolta) is just barely Staying Alive in the sequel to "Saturday Night Fever." Waiting tables at a nightclub and teaching dance classes, Tony is desperately trying to establish himself as a Broadway dancer. When he gets a bit part, it isn

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing sharpness and detail, though contrast seems a bit low. Colors are slightly muted and look a bit dated but can appear well balanced, nonetheless. Fleshtones appear accurate and blacks are quite deep. Whites are often blown out, creating a hazy appearance. The source element is revealing of a few artifacts and occasional film grain. There is little in the way of edge enhancement or pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack features, as would be expected, repurposed surround sound music which is spatially prominent in nature, though also with somewhat limited separation in the surrounds. The music by far is the spatially dominant element of this soundtrack. Otherwise, the audio is limited in spatiality, and the dialogue, while amply clear and intelligible, exhibits the original recording