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Dust Factory, The
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 95 (Apr 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Kelley, Kim Myers, George De La Pe

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include a brief making-of featurette, two deleted scenes, a music video for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1008413
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Thematic Elements And Some Scary Images.
(Retail Price): $25.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(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): 3/22/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Eric Small
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ryan (Kelley) is a troubled young teenager who lacks the ability to speak. One day, an accident transports him to a strange fantasy world, where he can speak where he meets up with his beloved and wise grandfather and a spunky girl named Melanie (Panettiere). Melanie takes Ryan to a magical place called The Dust Factory, where reality and fantasy intermingle, and through his journeys, Ryan learns a valuable lesson. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD offers a bright and colorful picture, with hues that are well balanced and often quite vivid. Colors are especially vibrant inside the Dust Factory. Images can be sharp and detailed, though sometimes a bit flat or slightly smeared. Edge halos can be a distraction at times, and there is occasional pixel breakup. Overall, the picture should thrill younger target viewers, but more scrutinizing adults might find it a bit flat. (Suzanne Hodges)

While the front soundstage is amply wide, there is not much else to this Dolby