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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Science Fiction

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

Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus MacFadyen, Sean Bean, Sean Pertwee, Matthew Harbour & William Fichtner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes a four-minute Finding Equilibrium featurette, audio commentary by director Kurt Wimmer, an additional commentary track with Wimmer and producer Lucas Foster. There are also some up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 26095
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(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): 05/13/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kurt Wimmer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the not-too-distant future, the Equilibrium of humankind has been altered by the illegality of all things that cause emotion. A special police squad has been assembled to enforce an emotion-blocking drug. But when one agent (Bale) misses his own dose, he discovers a new world of sensation and gains passion to fight for freedom. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that can be stylized from one extreme to another. Images can have a very crisp, clean appearance with excellent facial features and textures, while other scenes appear extremely soft or blurred. Colors have a bit of a desaturated appearance, with cold gray and blue hues, or, in visual contrast, are richly saturated with browns and reds with warm fleshtones. Blacks can be deep and solid, but are a bit washed out in some scenes. Edge enhancement can be a problem at times, and there is some minor pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack varies between subtle to moderate, enveloping spatiality, and aggressive, energetic dimensional engagement. The audio can be rather loud and strident at times. There