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Heavenly Creatures
Genre: Thriller

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

Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer and bonus trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 17447
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence and sexual content
(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/24/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Jackson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From "The Lord Of The Rings" director Peter Jackson, "Heavenly Creatures" is a provocative and thrilling tale based on the true story of a crime that shocked a nation. The story is based on the diaries kept by Pauline Yvonne Parker during 1953 and 1954, involving her friendship with Juliet Marion Hulme. The diary entries in the movie are in Pauline

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits images that are generally sharp, though fine details seem limited at times with a plugged-up characteristic. Colors are generally well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The darker scenes are wanting in a bit more definition, and contrast can appear a bit low at times. Edge enhancement is extremely offensive with distracting halos noticed in almost every scene. The picture also has a pixelized appearance. Some film grain and artifacts are revealed from the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack features generally moderate spatiality, much of it centered around the music score. There's a fairly pleasing sense of immersion and expansion. The dialogue is abundantly clear, though exhibiting the ADR characteristic. Surround envelopment is usually subtle to moderate in nature, predominated by the ambience from the music. (Perry Sun)