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Johnny English
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller & John Malkovich

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes a 25-minute making-of featurette; nine-minutes worth of deleted scenes; brief spy tips from Johnny English; character profiles for Johnny English, Pascal Sauvage, Lorna Campbell, and Bough; an Observation Test game to see if you are observant enough to be a super-spy, and DVD-ROM content. There are also VHS-style up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22819
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Comic nudity, crude humor and language
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/13/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Howitt
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When Agent One is killed in action and every other agent at MI7 dies during an explosion while attending his funeral, a national crisis hits. Luckily, one super duper secret agent missed getting blown up -- the one and only super spy Johnny English (Atkinson)! When the valuable Crown Jewels are stolen from the Tower of London, it

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a colorful picture that nicely complements the humorous antics in the movie. Reds and blues are rich and vibrant, fleshtones appear natural, and blacks are deep and solid. There are a few top secret mission scenes which are extremely dark and viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended, but otherwise contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. Pixelization is noticed occasionally, causing the breakup of finer details and edge enhancement can also be a distraction. (Suzanne Hodges)

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