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Hole, The
Genre: Thriller

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

Thora Birch, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Laurence Fox, Kiera Knightley, Steven Waddington & Embeth Davidtz

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features include nine minutes of deleted scenes, a one-minute image gallery, cast & crew filmography and biography, director's commentary, and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 31543
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For Prevasive Language, Some Violence, Sexuality/Nudity And Drug Use
(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/14/2004
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Nick Hamm
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Liz (Birch) is hot for the handsome American Mike Steel (Harrington), but he doesn't even know that she exists. Liz shares her feelings with her pal, nerdy Martin (Brocklebank), who just so happens to be in love with Liz. Promising to help her get close to Mike, he takes them and two others to a secret place for three days of fun. Leaving the friends in "The Hole" seems like a great idea to the four teens at first, but once they discover that they're locked in, their excitement turns to horror and they fear they may never get out. Based on the novel "After The Hole" by Guy Burt. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.30:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing image quality that is often highly contrasted with dark shadows to heighten the suspense. Fleshtones are accurately rendered and colors are richly saturated with deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures and definition. There is little edge enhancement or pixelization to distract, though some minor smearing is noticed in the brighter scenes. (Suzanne Hodges)

From the beginning, the aggressive front channel mix of this Dolby