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Spooky House
Genre: Family

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

Ben Kingsley, Mercedes Ruehl, Jason Fuchs, Ronald Joshua Scott, Simon Baker, Myles Ferguson, Katharine Isabelle, Kyle Labine, Chaz Monet & Matt Weinberg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes a six-minute making-of featurette and montage.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): StudioWorks Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 15932-7
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild thematic elements
(Retail Price): $14.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1999
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/28/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): William Sachs
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Zamboni (Kingsley) was a great magician who gave up his career after a magic trick went terribly wrong. Living alone with his pet jaguar in a big Spooky House, Zamboni lives the life of a recluse wanting nothing to do with anyone. One day a young orphan named Max (Weinberg) wanders into the scary place and refuses to be scared off like the others. Young Max works at breaking through the magician

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is slightly soft and wanting in finer details and definition. Colors are generally well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, nicely saturated hues, and deep blacks. At times, the picture can have an oversaturated appearance. Pixelization is occasionally noticed, but there is little in the way of obtrusive edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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