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Never Die Alone
Genre: Drama

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

DMX, David Arquette, Michael Ealy, Clifton Powell & Reagan Gomez-Preston

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with director Ernest Dickerson, screenwriter James Gibson, and actor DMX; and, on the widescreen side, 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary; and, on the fullscreen side, a six-minute making-of featurette, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2222908
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong violence, drug use, sexuality and language
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/13/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ernest Dickerson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Donald Goines, "Never Die Alone" features DMX as ex-gangster King David, who returns to his turf only to find brutal retribution for his past.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 picture exhibits a highly stylized picture that has a surreal, harsh appearance. To acheive the gritty, grimey appearance of the picture, the film was shot in small-gauge Super 16 and converted to scope, thus causing film grain to appear amplified. The color palette is awash in greens and blues, but reds pop from the screen, and blacks are deep, but undefined. A drawback to the stylizations is that images can have a smeared appearance, often lacking in finer textures; but the look of the picture is intentional. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended due to the many dark scenes. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified full screen (1.33:1) presentation

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