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Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
Genre: Family

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

Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Jayne Atkinson, Jon Tenney, Elizabeth Pe

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes an educational Orca Wonders interactive feature, Michael Jackson's music montage "Childhood," and a seven-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 18200
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild language and peril
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/28/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Dwight Little
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" is the follow-up to 1993's "Free Willy" and is a touching drama about a unique friendship between Jesse (Richter) and Willy, the killer whale.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a clean, colorful picture. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with pleasing contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are nicely saturated, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Little pixelization is noticed, but there is occasional edge enhancement. There are a few apparent source element artifacts. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features more refined fidelity than the original. Spatiality is generally moderate in nature, except for the distinguished moments for which the surrounds become dramatically enlivened, sometimes with substantial deep bass content (with engagement of the LFE channel). This is a rather well-recorded soundtrack, and voices are presented at a comfortable listening level. The music is engaging, nicely spread throughout the listening space, and often with noticeable surround engulfment. (Perry Sun)