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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

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

Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, Erich Christian Olsen, Matt McColm, Noah Emmerich & William H. Macy

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by director David Ellis, and writers Larry Cohen and Chris Morgan; five deleted/alternate scenes; a 20-minute Calling Out featurette; a 26-minute Dialing Up Cellular making-of featurette; a 27-minute documentary about the LAPD Rampart Scandal of 1999 and how it relates to Cellular; the theatrical trailer, and bonus trailers. There is also DVD-ROM content.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N7631
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence, Terror Situations, Language And Some Sexual References.
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(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): 1/18/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David R. Ellis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
If you think there has already been a thriller that centers around a telephone written by Larry Cohen, you are right: Phone Booth. When Jessica Martin (Basinger) is kidnapped by a man threatening to murder her family, she has to act fast. She manages to salvage a demolished telephone by piecing the wires together enough to make a call. At the other end of the line is a college student on his Cellular phone. Can Jessica convince the kid to help her before his battery

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits richly saturated colors that are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are satisfyingly sharp and detailed, with good contrast and shadow delineation. At times the picture can appear a bit pasty or smeared. The annoying white halos of edge enhancement are noticed in some of the higher contrast scenes, but the distraction is not always apparent. Minor pixel breakup is also evident. (Suzanne Hodges)

With surrounds used well in filling the room with audio information, this Dolby