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After The Sunset
Genre: Action Adventure

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

Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle, Naomie Harris & Chris Penn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Ah, so nice to be able to play a movie and not be subjected to upfront ads! Special features include 14 deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentary by director Brett Ratner, producer Beau Flynn, and editor Mark Helfrich, and one alternate (original) ending; an amusing five-minute blooper reel; feature commentary with director Brett Ratner, producer Beau Flynn, and editor Mark Helfrich; the 70-minute documentary "Before, During, And After The Sunset"; 18 minutes of The Charlie Rose Show Interview with Brett Ratner, Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, and Woody Harrelson; an eight-minute featurette "Interview With A Jewel Thief"; Visual Effects Comparisons, which is a three-minute featurette on how scenes were adjusted to look exactly how the filmmaker wanted them to look; the theatrical trailer; other New Line trailers; and TV Spots. There are also DVD-ROM features available with a PC running Microsoft Windows 98SE or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, and Macromedia Flash 6.0 and are not available on Apple Macintosh.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N7763
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexuality, Violence And Language
(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): 97
(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): 03/29/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brett Ratner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Is a thief always a thief, or is it possible to actually retire one day? That's what master thieves Max Burdett (Brosnan) and Lola Cirillo (Hayek) are claiming to have done in "After The Sunset." But FBI agent Stan Lloyd (Harrelson) has been chasing them for too long, and he isn't at all convinced of their latest intentions. Especially not with the Napoleon diamond so close to where they have chosen to retire. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits a pleasing transfer, with a well-balanced color palette offering natural fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed, though finer textures can seem a bit lacking at times. Shadow delineation is often very nicely rendered, with satisfying visual information in the darkest scenes. The picture can have a crushed appearance, and there can be complete loss of fine detail against scenes with a blown-out sky. There are some compression problems with this title, and the bit rate can be found at about 3 Mbps. Still, the picture can look quite amazing in some scenes, as colors in the tropical locations pop from the screen (invoking a strange desire for the viewer to want to soak up some rays on the sandy beaches as the action unfolds...or roll around in the surf with Salma Hayek, depending on who you ask). Thankfully, edge enhancement is rarely a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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