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Cult: Music Without Fear (Live Cult: Music Without Fear)
Genre: Stage Performance

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

The Cult: Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy, Matt Sorum, Billy Morrison & Mike Dimkich

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes an additional 27-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID1435CCDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 11/05/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Manny Rodriguez
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A crowd of Los Angeles fans are

DVD Picture:
Fear not Cult fans, the first few minutes of sepia-toned artifact-ridden images do not represent what the concert footage looks like (though this type of photography, as well as black-and-white, are used for different stylizations). When the curtain drops, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD bleeds into full color, revealing an excited crowd beneath blue stage lighting, natural fleshtones and deep blacks. While the picture has a slightly soft appearance, fans will likely be banging their heads too much to notice. Minor shimmering and aliasing artifacts are noticed on stage. Some may notice a slight shaking inherent in the filming. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel audio presentations aggressively engage the spatial soundstage, and feature rather good fidelity. The center channel is largely devoted to the lead vocal. Surround activity is prominent throughout, and there