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Running Man, The
Special Edition
Genre: Science Fiction

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland Van Lidth & Richard Dawson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Disc One of this new two-disc Special Edition includes audio commentary with director Paul Michael Glaser and Producer Tim Zinnemann, an additional commentary track with executive producer Rob Cohen, and an interesting 25-minute Lockdown On Main Street expos

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 14454
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1987
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/16/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul Michael Glaser
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Running Man" is the name of the most popular

DVD Picture:
This new anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is a noticeable improvement over the previously released non-anamorphic DVD (Issue 27). Colors are richly saturated with vivid blues, bright greens, bold reds, and deep blacks. Fleshtones quite often are very well balanced (though sometimes appearing a bit hot). Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended to compensate for the many dim scenes within the picture and will reveal that shadow delineation is right on. Only the most scrutinizing viewers will noticed edge enhancement from time-to-time, and smearing and pixelization are also a rare find. Rarely does the picture show signs of its age, as it does not have that typical 1980s pink tinge. This is a nicely rendered DVD that is a definite replacement for the previously released edition. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version of the movie -- not reviewed.

Both the remastered Dolby