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Manchurian Candidate, The
Genre: Thriller

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

Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Kimberly Elise, Jeffrey Wright, Ted Levine, Bruno Ganz, Miguel Ferrer, Dean Stockwell & Jude Ciccolella

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by the director and screenplay co-writer; a 14-minute featurette, The Enemy Within: Inside The Manchurian Candidate; a 12-minute look at The Cast Of The Manchurian Candidate; five deleted/extended scenes; two outtakes with optional commentary, (Ellie's Interview With Stacey Newsome-Santiago and Ellie's Interview With Al Franken); the three-minute Liev Schreiber screen test; and Political Pundits with optional director commentary, which are 10 minutes worth of three different two-person political discussions. Sadly, Paramount abandoned their previously used choice to view up-front ads for the despicable, unskippable forced ads before the menu.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33689
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence & Some Language
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(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): 12/21/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jonathan Demme
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Story Synopsis:
A remake to the 1962 "The Manchurian Candidate," this updated version stars Denzel Washington as the tormented Major Bennett Marco and Liev Schreiber as Sgt. Raymond Shaw. After the war their lives took completely different turns, with Shaw living in the present as the Vice-Presidential candidate and Marco living in the past haunted with unpleasant and disturbing memories. Based upon the film screenplay by George Axelrod and the novel by Richard Condon. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture has a dim, gritty appearance that is complementary to the subject matter. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep, endless blacks. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, though some scenes appear a bit

With an aggressive mix using each of the six channels, the Dolby