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Return Of Swamp Thing, The
Genre: Horror Comedy

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

Louis Jourdan, Heather Locklear, Sarah Douglas, Joey Sagal, Ace Mask & Dick Durock

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: 3
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Jim Wynorski, a five-minute promo reel, a still gallery, and two Greenpeace/Swamp Thing PSA.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID1486LYDVD
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/18/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jim Wynorski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Once upon a the swamp...five hunters ventured into the muck and provoked "The Return Of Swamp Thing." But thankfully, the monster has been awakened, because he lives to save the life of beautiful horticulturist Abigail Arcane (Locklear) whose life is threatened by her stepfather, Dr. Anton Arcane. Based on the DC Comics character.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture that has a dated appearance, with colors that can appear somewhat washed out and lacking full saturation. Fleshtones can appear brownish. Contrast can seem a bit low at times, but shadow delineation is satisfying. Images are mostly on the soft side, or even a bit hazy, but there are times when details are nicely rendered. There is quite a bit of dirt inherent in the source element, but grain does not appear to be excessive. Overall, the visual experience allows for a campy good time. (Suzanne Hodges)

The remastered 5.1 soundtrack comprises processed surround sound. The spatial soundstage, though certainly active throughout, seems