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Phone Booth
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Arian Ash, Tia Texada, Paula Jai Parker, Josh Pais, James Macdonald, John Enos III, Keith Nobbs, Richard T. Jones, Radha MItchell, Katie Holmes, Forest Whitaker, Colin Farrell & Kiefer Sutherland

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes an audio commentary track by director Joel Schumacher.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2008048
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive language and some violence
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 81
(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): 07/08/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joel Schumacher
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Stu Shepard (Farrell) is a self-centered New York city publicist who suddenly finds himself on the deadly end of a high-powered riflescope. When he decides to answer the ring of a public phone, the voice on the other end warns him that if he hangs up, he

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a stylized picture of desaturated grays that visually sets the thrilling tone of the story. Vibrant red and bold blue spot colors pop through the desaturation, and blacks are deep and solid. Images are sharp and detailed, though when compared to the D-VHS

The D-VHS Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, in comparison to the DVD, sounds slightly smoother and more refined in the midrange. For whatever reason, imaging seems a bit more defined for the D-VHS audio, but there's a little more envelopment for the DVD version. The presentation has been very well-produced, but also sounds slightly prominent in terms of overall volume level. The fidelity is excellent, and is certainly reflective of the current state-of-the-art. There's an impressive perception of spatiality throughout. The music is clearly one of the most important sonic factors in the storytelling for this suspenseful, emotionally unsettling movie. With very good recording quality, the music just sweeps wide across the screen with notable depth into the surrounds, and a clean, sometimes prominent low-end presence provides for an effective undertoning as a visceral foundation. Another aspect of the sonic crafting that adds to the eeriness is the voice of the caller, which emanates from the screen and surround channels. Voices seem quite effective in spatial integration and have very good fidelity. This is a sound mix that clearly is integral to the experience of this movie. (Perry Sun)

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