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20th Anniversary Edition
Genre: Comedy

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

Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy & John Candy

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
The 20th Anniversary Edition of the debut movie from Touchstone Films includes a group audio commentary track featuring director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and screenwriters Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz. Also included is a 24-minute Making Of Splash retrospective featurette and some footage from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 29122
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(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): 1984
(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:
"Splash" is a delightful comedy starring Tom Hanks as Allen Bauer, a workaholic New Yorker who never thought he

DVD Picture:
This new anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD offers a much better picture than the previously released non-anamorphic version (Issue 33). Images are sharp and detailed with good contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are nicely balanced, with rich hues, natural fleshtones, and deep blacks. While there is some edge enhancement present, it is not as bothersome as with the previous DVD. Pixelization is also limited, though sometimes the picture has a slightly smeared appearance. (Suzanne Hodges)

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