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Man On Fire
Genre: Thriller

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

Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin & Mickey Rourke

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes one audio commentary track by director Tony Scott, and another by producer Lucas Foster, screenwriter Brian Helgeland, and actress Dakota Fanning. There is also an Inside Look at upcoming 20th Century Fox projects, including the Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifa

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2223974
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language and strong violence
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 146
(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): 09/14/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tony Scott
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A kidnapping occurs every 60 minutes in Latin America, and 70 percent of the victims do not survive. Wealthy Samuel Ramos (Anthony) resides in Mexico City and lives in fear of something happening to his daughter Lupita (Fanning). Determined to protect her, Ramos hires John W. Creasy (Washington), an alcoholic disillusioned former agent, as a bodyguard for his little girl. John grows quite fond of the girl and when the unthinkable happens and Lupita is abducted, he turns into a Man On Fire as he goes after those responsible for her kidnapping. Based on the novel by A.J. Quinnell. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture looks great with a highly stylized and richly saturated color palette. Fleshtones are nicely rendered, hues are bold and vibrant, and blacks seem endless. At times, the picture flashes to a desaturated, gritty style, then back to a natural color scheme. Images are sharp and detailed, with excellent textures. While the picture often has a dim appearance, contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced, even in the darkest scenes. Edge enhancement is not a problem with this title, though some pixelization is occasionally noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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