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Darkness Falls
Genre: Horror

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

Chaney Kley & Emma Caulfield

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 an audio commentary track with director Jonathan Liebesman, producers William Sherak and Jason Shuman, and writer James Vanderbilt; a second commentary with writers John Fasano and Joe Harris; seven deleted scenes; The Legend Of Matilda Dixon documentary about the true haunted Australian town of Port Fairy (11 minutes); a 17-minute making-of featurette; and three storyboard comparisons.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 09812
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Terror and horror images and brief language
(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/22/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jonathan Liebesman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For the past 150 years, the legend of Matilda "The Toothy Fairy" Dixon has hung over the town of "Darkness Falls" like a dark cloud. After being unjustly accused of a heinous crime, the kindly old woman was savagely murdered by an angry mob. Swearing her revenge with her dying breath, there are those that say her vengeful spirit still hovers over the town

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a nicely rendered picture that is suitable to the storytelling. Viewed in a completely blackened room, the night scenes are very nicely rendered, with long drawn-out shadows that allow enough visual information to heighten the terror. Colors are well balanced with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. There are times, however, the brighter scenes can have a

The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack features a consistently atmospheric, spatial presence as one of its main assets. There