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Reckoning, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 89 (Oct 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Brian Cox, Gina McKee, Simon McBurney, Elvira Minguez, Ewen Bremner, Matthew Macfadyen, James Cosmo & Vincent Cassel

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34087
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some sexuality and violent images
(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): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/03/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul McGuigan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Joining up with a band of traveling actors led by Martin (Dafoe), the group find themselves in a small village. There they discover that a mute woman (Minguez) has been accused of murder and is sentenced to death. Convinced that she is innocent, Martin proposes to tell her story on stage. And the mystery they uncover is one of greed, temptation, and mortal sin in The Reckoning. Adapted from the novel Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits images that are stylized in a desaturated color palette. The picture has a cold appearance with lots of blues and grays, and many scenes take place in cold or snowy settings. Fleshtones are nicely balanced and blacks are generally deep. Images can have a soft, hazy appearance, but details are adequate. Edge enhancement is occasionally noticed, but is not terribly bothersome, and there is limited pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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