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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 73 (June 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Jean Reno, Michel Muller & Ryoko Hirosue

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10000
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some violence
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(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): 02/11/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gerard Krawczyk
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "Wasabi" Hubert Fiorentini (Reno) discovers that Miko, his one true love, has died and that he's been left as her beneficiary. Heading to Tokyo to settle her estate, he arrives only to be told that Miko has expressed one last wish - that Hubert be the guardian of her daughter Yumi (Hirosue) until she becomes of age. At first Yumi isn't too fond of Hubert and is completely unaware that he is in fact her own father. As Hubert works on his relationship with Yumi, he investigates Miko's death but what he finds he doesn't like - it appears that it was no accident that she died, and he will stop at nothing to find out why she was killed. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits satisfying sharpness, with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. However, some scenes exhibit slightly soft edges or occasional smearing. Colors can be quite vibrant and nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There is some pixelization and loss of finer details at times, and the occasional scene with miniblinds can give way to brief moir

There are English and French language Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtracks. The French version features the original dialogue. Both versions are similar in terms of spatial character, but also are somewhat high in mastering level. As a result, the dialogue for both is forward-sounding and with some stridence. The dialnorm offset for the English version is also 2 dB lower. The soundstage presentation is impressive throughout, with aggressive spatial engagement and liberal utilization of deep bass. There