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WSR Detailed DVD Review
28 Days Later
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 79 (Dec 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns & Brendan Gleeson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by the director and screenwriter, six deleted scenes and three alternate endings with optional commentary by Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, a 24-minute making-of featurette, production and polaroid galleries with commentary, and a marketing menu with the theatrical teaser and trailer, animated storyboards from the original U.K. Website, and a Jacknife Lee music video.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2008778
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong violence and gore, language and nudity
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(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): 10/21/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Danny Boyle
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available inn a 1.33:1 (4:3) fullscreen edition.

Story Synopsis:
An outbreak of a mysterious rage virus results in a homicidal rampage in the streets of London after some undereducated animal rights activists free an infected chimpanzee from captivity in a lab. Waking from a coma 28 Days Later, Jim walks the deserted streets unaware of what had happened. When he finds a few survivors in a seemingly abandoned church, he learns of the horror that has overcome the city. They must fight against infection by rage-ravaged citizens lurking in the shadows, and hope beyond all hope that the epidemic has not spread to other countries. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The DV-originated images on this anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD are accurately transferred, with all the anomalies that are expected from a video source. The picture is mostly dim, but the frightening opening sequence exhibits good shadow delineation. There are hard edges, limited fine details, blown-out windows, and halos around objects. Colors are generally undefined with limited delineation, almost appearing to be blocks of color. Aliasing and stairstepping artifacts are also noted. While there are some scenes that actually look quite pleasing, the picture is really nothing to show off to your friends regarding visual presentation. (Suzanne Hodges)

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