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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Knockaround Guys
Genre: Drama

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

Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Seth Green, Andrew Davoli, Tom Noonan, Dennis Hopper & John Malkovich

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
The All Access Pass offers Brian Koppelman and David Levien commentary, and four alternate or deleted scenes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5410
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence, language and some drug use
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer/Dual Layer (DVD14)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/25/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brian Koppelman & David Levien
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When Matty Demaret (Pepper) was 12-years-old, he couldn't pull the trigger when asked to kill his father

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a nicely rendered picture that can be slightly dim, and should be viewed in a completely blackened room for optimal visual information in the darker scenes. The picture is sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered contrast for its dim nature. Colors can be rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, vibrant hues, and deep blacks. While the picture has an overall smooth character, finer details can break up slightly due to pixelization, and there is minor edge enhancement noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) version of the movie (not reviewed).

The 5.1 channel soundtracks offer a downright engaging listening experience, with music that is fully spread throughout the listening space, prominently filling the surrounds. This is also a very well-recorded soundtrack, with remastering courtesy of MiCasa Multimedia. The soundstage presence is often downright energetic and even intense, with quite an abundance of deep bass and aggressive LFE channel activity. The music seems to be the predominant dimensional element, but this soundtrack is also not without the instances of aggressive sound effects positioning, such as the shootout in Chapter 20. The dialogue features well-recorded voices that sound natural in tonality and spatial integration. The DTS