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Village, The
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 93 (Feb 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Brendan Gleeson, Cherry Jones, Judy Greer & Michael Pitt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a 25-minute segmented making-of documentary, four deleted scenes, a five-minute diary entry read by Bryce Dallas Howard, a three-minute home movie contributed by M. Night Shyamalan (filmed when he was a kid), and a production photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 35983
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

A Scene Of Violence And Frightning Situations
(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): 108
(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): 1/11/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): M. Night Shyamalan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set in the late 1800s (or is it?), a small, secluded, and peaceful community is haunted by the forest that surrounds them. Creatures referred to as

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits engulfing images, thanks in part to beautiful cinematography by Roger Deakins. Colors have a natural balance, with accurate fleshtones, in a color palette that is somewhat understated and complementary to the simplistic lifestyle of the villagers. The picture can be awash in warm yellows, which symbolize safety in the story and chromatically contrast the danger of the reds, symbolic of the evil forest dwellers. Unfortunately, bit rate can be a bit low, and the picture visually suffers at times. The picture can appear smeared, and pixel breakup can be noticed. Edge enhancement is rarely an issue, however. Overall, this is an attractive picture, though some minor problems are present. (Suzanne Hodges)

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