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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Rules Of Attraction, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Kip Pardue, Jessica Biehl, Ian Somerhalder, Clifton Collins, Jr., Thomas Ian Nicholas, Kate Bosworth, Swoosie Kurtz & Faye Dunaway

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Extras include five

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): VM8227D
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sexual content, drug use, language and violent images
(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(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): 02/18/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roger Avary
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero"), "The Rules Of Attraction" mostly follows three Camden College students on their amoral and sexual escapades. Sean Bateman (Van Der Beek) finds himself a drug dealer to help pay off his debts, while looking forward to letters from a secret admirer with hopes that she is Lauren Hynde (Sossamon). While Hynde is marginally attracted to Sean, someone else has a crush on him...the bisexual Paul (Somerhalder). (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is sharp and nicely detailed, with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are rich and vibrant, with accurately rendered fleshtones, bold hues, and deep, solid blacks. Edge enhancement and pixelization are rarely a problem with this title, and the result is a fairly clean, solid picture. Some minor dirt is noticed from the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

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