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Reign Of Fire
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 68 (Jan 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler & Alice Krige

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes the eight-minute featurette "Breathing Life Into The Terror" (how designers made the dragon look so realistic), the 15-minute featurette "If You Can

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 27206
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Intense action violence
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(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): 11/19/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rob Bowman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When young Quinn accidentally awakens a fire-breathing dragon sleeping deep beneath London

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a stylized, desaturated picture that visually enhances the burned ruins that make up the setting of most of the movie. The picture can often have an almost black-and-white appearance, with lots of dramatic ashy-grays. Real fire (as opposed to CGI) was often used, and the bright flames offer vibrant contrast to the dim, desaturated hues. The picture is sharp and detailed, and the CGI dragons are quite realistically incorporated into the live-action. Unfortunately edge enhancement can be obtrusive in the higher contrast scenes and pixelization can add a

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack has the makings of a very fine presentation in terms of the surround sound listening experience and the artistry in the crafting of the audio. The music and atmospheric effects generously fill the listening space, often aggressively engaging the split surrounds. There

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