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Ninth Configuration, The
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George DiCenzo, Moses Gunn & Robert Loggia

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 1.5
DD Sound Rating: 1.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes feature-length audio commentary by William Peter Blatty and author/documentary filmmaker Mark Kermode, a seven-minute featurette, eight outtakes, and cast and director biographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 14414
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1979
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/03/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): William Peter Blatty
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Erroneously identified on the jacket as being enhanced for 16:9 TVs. The presentation is 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. This movie is also known under the title "Twinkle, Twinkle, 'Killer' Kane."

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DVD Picture:
Mislabeled on the jacket as being anamorphically enhanced (though the supplements are...go figure), the non-anamorphic DVD is framed at 2.25:1 and exhibits a picture that is seriously lacking in color saturation. Hues are quite weak throughout, especially blacks, which are, at best, dark gray. Contrast is low and shadow delineation is completely undefined, with one flat gray blending into another. The picture is soft and undefined overall, though there are some scenes that exhibit acceptable sharpness. To top it all off, edge enhancement and pixelization are noticed, as are distracting aliasing problems, and the source element is revealing of dirt and grain culminating in a very unsatisfying viewing experience. The transfer appears to be the same as what was used on the Blue Dolphin DVD release in Europe (in fact, the whole disc seems to be a domestic release of that DVD). (Suzanne Hodges)

Though originally released theatrically with some stereo prints, the soundtrack on this DVD is Dolby