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Road House
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 70 (Mar 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, Kevin Tighe, Keith David, Kathleen Wilhoite & Sam Elliott

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
No supplements are included.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1004203
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rowdy Herrington
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "Road House," Dalton (Swayze) is a tough-guy bouncer who is hired to clean things up at the Double Deuce bar in Jasper, Missouri. An expert at breaking up fights without getting himself too beat up, Dalton finds himself nonetheless in need of stitches and at the mercy of the beautiful

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a bright picture that can be generally sharp, though many scenes appear softly focused or slightly smeared. Colors appear generally natural, if a bit dull. Contrast is satisfactory, but shadow delineation is a bit wanting in the few darkest scenes as images seem to quickly drop off to black. There are some minor source element artifacts noticed. There is only occasional edge enhancement noticed, but pixelization can cause the breakup of finer images at times. Overall, the picture lacks the polished look of newer titles, but should satisfy fans who have waited for its DVD release. (Suzanne Hodges) A modified 1.33:1 (4:3) version (not reviewed) is included on the disc's flip side.

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