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National Treasure
Genre: Action Adventure

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

Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, Mark Pellegrino & Christopher Plummer

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
The Bonus Treasure Hunt menu includes an 11-minute on-location featurette, a deleted and extended scene with optional commentary and introduction by director Jon Turteltaub, an opening scene animatic and alternate ending with optional introduction and optional commentary. So, accessing additional supplements can get a bit complicated, but once you are granted access to additional treasures, you can view a nine-minute Treasure Hunters Revealed featurette, Riley Poole

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 35990
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Action Violence And Some Scary Images
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 131
(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): 05/03/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jon Turteltaub
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) is a third generation treasure hunter who has spent a lifetime searching for a treasure no one believed existed. Hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States, clues had been left leading to the location of the National Treasure. Gates

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits a pleasing, well-saturated color palette that offers rich and warm hues, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. The picture can be stylized with scenes awash in blue overtones or warm golds. Images are nicely detailed and generally sharp overall, though some smearing is evident at times. There is very slight edge enhancement detected, with a presence likely to only distract the pickiest of viewers. Still, minor pixelization is apparent, evidence of compression likely to make space for all those complicated, but fun, extras! Overall, the picture is really quite clean and smooth, and should not disappoint. (Suzanne Hodges)

With good dimensionality across the front three screen channels and into the surrounds, the Dolby