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Johnstown Flood
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 76 (Sept 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a 20-minute interview and feature-length audio commentary track with Johnstown Flood historian Richard Burkert, and a seven-minute descriptive piano performance of the Johnstown Flood (with explanatory subtitles).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Inecom
(Catalog Number): 15592
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 64
(Color Type): B/W With Color Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 08/26/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mark Bussler
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on accounts of those who survived, "Johnstown Flood" is the story of what happened in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1889 when more than 2,000 lives were lost when the South Fork dam collapsed. An entire lake, 20 million tons of water, came crashing down the Conemaugh Valley and destroyed everything in its path. The worst flood disaster in the nation

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a black-and-white picture that offers dramatization, stock footage, still photographs, and sketches. The dramatization footage is often just slightly soft and lacking natural definition. Whites can be blown-out in these scenes, though gradations and blacks are well balanced. The feature ends with recent color footage of Johnstown, but unfortunately, details are still lacking in these scenes. Minor aliasing problems are noticed at times, but edge enhancement and pixelization are not much of a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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