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1975 / Superbit
Genre: Musical

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

Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell, Pete Townshend, Tina Turner & The Who

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
No supplements are included (not even the excellent and informative essay regarding the Quintaphonic audio format created for the movie, included in the booklet of the previous DVD release).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10015
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $27.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1975
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/17/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ken Russell
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Tommy" is based on the rock opera by Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon and released by The Who on an album in 1969. It tells the tale of a boy (Daltrey) so traumatized by an event that he can no longer see, hear or speak. When he discovers pinball, though, he has amazing success and is regarded as a Messiah with thousands of screaming fans. Don

DVD Picture:
The 1.85:1 Superbit DVD picture offers slight improvements over the previously released DVD, but otherwise the two look virtually identical. Ringing noticed around finer details seems slightly less noticeable when the two versions are compared. Textures are a bit smoother and more defined. Images are sharp and detailed with good clarity, color fidelity, and definition. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered for a picture that is pleasing throughout. Only minor compression pixelization, artifacts, and minor brightness changes are apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)

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