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Deliver Us From Eva
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 75 (Aug 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

James Todd Smith (aka LL Cool J), Gabrielle Union & Duane Martin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with director Gary Hardwick, the 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette: Delivering Eva, seven deleted scenes, two music videos (LL Cool J's "Paradise" and K-Ci & JoJo's "This Very Moment"), and a soundtrack promo. Unfortunately, this DVD was not delivered from up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23363
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sex-related dialogue
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/17/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gary Hardwick
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
By-the-book Health Inspector Eva Dandridge (Union) is too busy being a smart, sassy, overprotective overachiever to really care what anyone thinks. Her sisters think she's a gift from heaven, but realize that she is unacessible. Their husbands call her the sister-in-law from hell, and are desperate to get rid of Eva so they can score some quality time with their women. They've just spent $5000 for Ray (LL Cool J), an ultra-suave player's player, to make Eva fall madly in love with him. But unbeknownst to the guys, Eva just landed the job of her dreams...which means she'll have to move to Chicago. So the question in Deliver Us From Eva is: will Eva stay or will she go? (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits somewhat of a soft character throughout, though details can be nicely rendered. Colors have a very warm quality with lots of golds and reds and hues are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, good saturation, and generally deep blacks. There are a few flecks of dirt noticed in the source element. Edge enhancement is noticed, but pixelization is generally not a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 soundtrack presentations have been very well-recorded, but are also somewhat reserved in spatiality. Much of the audio is focused around the dialogue, and voices sound natural and well-integrated with the visuals. Atmospheric effects are gently distributed throughout the listening space. The music is the predominant dimensional element of the sound mix, with palpable soundstaging and abundant surround envelopment, as well as a satisfying deep bass foundation. The DTS