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Butterfly Effect, The
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 87 (Aug 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott, Elden Henson, Ethan Suplee & Melora Walters

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes both the 120-minute Directors' Cut (on Side A) and the 114-minute Theatrical Cut (on Side B) of the film. The Infinifilm

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N7173
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence, sexual content, language and drug use
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer/Dual Layer (DVD14)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 114 & 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/06/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "The Butterfly Effect," young Evan (Logan Lerman & John Patrick Amedori) often suffered from blackouts in which he would have no memory of what had just occurred. With mental illness running on his father

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture (for both cuts available on this disc) is stylized, with dark, but natural-looking images interspersed with creative and highly saturated sequences. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with satisfying shadow delineation and contrast, despite many scenes having very dark characteristics. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended for optimal visual information in these sequences. The source element is quite clean, with only some minor film grain and little dirt noticed. Edge enhancement is not much of a problem, but some pixelization is detected. (Suzanne Hodges)