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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Science Fiction
Reviewed In Issue 85 (Jun 2004) Of Widescreen Review®
Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Neal McDonough, Matt Craven, Ethan Embry, Michael Sheen, Lambert Wilson, Marton Csokas & Rossif Sutherland
Special features include a segmented 45-minute Journey Through Timeline documentary (with three parts: Setting Time, The Nights Of La Roque, and Making Their Own History), an 18-minute Textures Of Timeline featurette, and two theatrical trailers. There are also creative multiple menu options and Paramount
While on an archeological dig in France, Professor Johnston (Connolly) is transported by a 3-D fax machine back in time to the middle ages. Stuck in the year 1357 and with no way back to the present, a group of young archeologists led by his son Chris (Walker), travel back to the war-torn land to rescue the professor. With an extra 650 years of knowledge to their advantage, the group is sure that their mission will be an easy one. But the medieval warriors prove to be more cunning than they imagined, and the group soon learns that they have their work cut out for them. "Timeline" is based on the novel by Michael Crichton. (Tricia Littrell)
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits images that are sharp and detailed with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are nicely balanced with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. The picture can have a bit of an unnatural appearance, with a
Reason #105 Why Readers Love Widescreen Review:
Since Issue 5 (my first), I focused on reviews of Laser Discs and now DVDs, and From The Editor's Couch. Also, WSR has a lot of punch in the new equipment features. The technical essays have been superb! My home theatre setup depended (and still depends) on knowledge gained from WSR. WSR has become the media reference for me with regard to picture and sound quality assurance in display equipment and widescreen entertainment (movies, music events, and documentaries). I still do not have Issues 1 through 4 or the Premiere Special Edition of WSR and hope you put them on the subscribers' site eventually, so that I can giggle at some of the early typos and slips (if you leave them in). However, I'm sure that the early editions make for interesting historical reading as well, because I believe WSR has moved the display industry forward through the pushing the envelope attitude of Gary Reber. Carry on.