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Fade To Black
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 96 (May 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Jay-Z, Common, P. Diddy, Beyonc

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes the 31-minute Story Behind Fade To Black, an 11-minute

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34512
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive Language Including Sexual Lyrics
(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): 110
(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): 04/05/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Pat Paulson & Michael John Warren
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Celebrating his own retirement, Jay-Z threw a Fade To Black party at Madison Square Garden in November 2003. This is the night that the too-young-to-retire Jay-Z invited all his friends and fans to bring down the house and say good-bye, and he candidly takes a look back at the meteoric rise of his career. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits satisfying image quality, with an adequate, if slightly undersaturated, color scheme. Blacks tend to appear a bit milky, and hues can appear somewhat smeared. While images can appear soft and undefined, the picture can be nicely detailed at times. Contrast seems a bit low, contributing to detail limitations. Pixelization is rarely noticed, and there is no bothersome edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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