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Special Edition
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 84 (May 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor, Liev Schreiber, Evan Handler, Donnie Wahlberg, Brawley Nolte & Dan Hedaya

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
This new Special Edition DVD boasts over two hours of exceptional, rare bonus material but, in reality, this DVD seems rather standard. Includes audio commentary with director Ron Howard, four deleted scenes, a 13-minute What Would You Do? featurette, and a four-minute Between Takes highlight.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33402
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Graphic bloody violence and strong language.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1996
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/23/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ron Howard
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Mel Gibson stars as Tom Mullen, a wealthy executive known for buying his way out of trouble. Mullen faces inconceivable odds when his son is abducted by a group of money-hungry criminals led by corrupt cop Jimmy Shaker (Sinise) asking for a $2 million Ransom. Unsure if he will ever see his son again, Mullen makes a decision that pits him against his wife (Russo), police officials, the media, and a community scrutinizing his bounty on the kidnapers

DVD Picture:
We have all come to accept the fact that the studios like to double-dip into their catalog titles when releasing DVDs. But when it comes to re-releasing an unexceptional

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