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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis & Mark Wingett

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a six-minute interview with Sting (who plays Ace Face), audio commentary with director Franc Roddam, a trivia track, a two minute Vespa featurette, samples of Rhino

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Rhino Home Video
(Catalog Number): R2976624
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1979
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/25/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Franc Roddam
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Quadrophenia" is a drama with heavy music inspiration about an outcast who only feels free when he

DVD Picture:
The 1.78:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced and, considering the dirty print used for the restoration, looks appropriately dated. Colors are weak throughout. Much of what could be considered undesirable in the picture is related to the source (which appears to have been a very worn dupe negative), but, video related, edge enhancement can be an enormous distraction; and pixelization is also quite bothersome. If this movie is a favorite of yours, the special features could be the redeeming factor to the less-than-optimal quality of the picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack exhibits the inherent limitations of the original audio, including background hiss, some distortion and dated fidelity. The musical numbers of The Who abundantly permeate the listening environment, with aggressive surround activity, albeit a limited sense of spatial coherence. Deep bass presence is somewhat wanting, a factor that may have benefited from some dimensional enhancement of the low-end for the remastering. According to the DVD cover and restoration segment, the source for the audio repurposing was the original Dolby A two-channel soundtrack. (Perry Sun)