Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
In Hell
Genre: Thriller

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

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lawrence Taylor, Marnie Alton, Malakai Davidson & Billy Rieck

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3
Internet Links

Special Features
Includes a 16-minute featurette on the Making Of In Hell.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00894
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive strong violence, language and brief nudity
(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(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): 11/25/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ringo Lam
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After killing his wife's murderer in cold blood, Kyle LeBlanc (Van Damme) is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Shortly after arriving at Kravavi Prison he realizes that he has instead been sentenced to life In Hell. Among the cruel and unusual punishment that goes on inside the walls, the warden gets his kicks by arranging fights to the death among the prisoners. Realizing that fighting is the only thing that may keep him alive, Kyle takes part in the action but never gives up hope for life on the outside. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that has somewhat of a soft character throughout. Though details can appear generally satisfying at times with nicely rendered textures, the picture is inherently soft. Color fidelity is also off, appearing reddish with annoying pink skin tones. Edge enhancement and pixelization are occasionally noticed. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version of the movie -- not reviewed.

The Dolby