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League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Sean Connery, Shane West, Stuart Townsend, Richard Roxburgh, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Jason Flemyng, Naseeruddin Shah, David Hemmings & Max Ryan

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
While there are no supplements on the D-VHS

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2220186
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Intense sequences of fantasy violence, language and innuendo
(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): 110
(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): 12/16/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stephen Norrington
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Special Notes:
Also available in a 1.33:1 (4:3) pan-and-scan edition.

Story Synopsis:
Fans of literary classics and fantasy comic books like the "X-Men" will at least be entertained by this creative, action packed adventure based on the graphic novel miniseries by Alan Moore and Kevin O

DVD Picture:
The picture on both the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD and D-VHS D-Theater are both quite impressive. The high-definition D-Theater image exhibits even greater depth in the shadows than does the DVD picture. The picture is inherently very dark, and viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended for both the DVD and D-VHS. Contrast and shadow detail are nicely balanced on the DVD, but the D-Theater can impressively delineate more subtle gradations in the darkness. The DVD picture is sharp and detailed, but textures and fine definition are much better rendered on the D-Theater. Colors are well balanced on both formats, appearing richly saturated with accurate fleshtones, bold hues, and the deepest, extremely solid, blacks. Hues exhibit even better fidelity on the D-Theater. Some glaring edge enhancement can be noticed on the DVD, and while its presence is not quite as obtrusive on the D-VHS, it is still quite noticeable for sensitive viewers. Chapters 20 and 21, with the snowy settings, are most revealing of the annoying halos. However, scenes that appear somewhat digital with pixel breakup are very solid on the D-VHS picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel audio is excellent, with powerful deep bass extension and superlative engagement of the dimensional soundstage. The fidelity is outstanding and state-of-the-art, with neutral-sounding tonality that should be comfortable to the ears, even when played near reference level. It's the creativity and crafting of the soundfield that really sells this soundtrack, with the surrounds actively, often aggressively used to carry music and both acutely directional and atmospheric effects. There's a consistent sense of engagement and expansiveness that is both pleasant to experience and integral to the role of the storytelling. The use of the back surround channel should further enhance the sense of dimension behind you. Dialogue sounds very good with compellingly natural tonality and exemplary spatial integration. If you