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Phone (Pon)
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 94 (Mar 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim, Woo-jae Choi, Ji-yeon Choi, Seo-woo Eun, Jong-soo Yi & Jeong-yun Choi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes English-subtitled interviews with director Byeong-ki Ahn and actors Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim, Ji-yeon Choi, Woo-jae Choi, and Seo-woo Eun; a 44-minute making-of featurette; a six-minute make-up effects featurette (under the title "Production Notes"); a 13-minute behind-the-scenes highlight, two deleted scenes; scene-specific commentary with adorable little Seo-woo Eun (what a little character!); a two-minute epilogue; a TV spot; promo footage; and trailers for other Asia Extreme titles.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Tartan Video
(Catalog Number): TVUSD106
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $24.99
(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): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/25/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Byeong-ki Ahn
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When Ji-won, an investigative reporter, begins receiving unsettling phone calls and threats following her article about underage sex scandals, she decides to hide out for a while and let the whole thing blow over. But when she changes her cell "Phone" number, terrible things begin to happen...especially after her friend's young daughter answers a call. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits satisfying visuals throughout, with a well-balanced color scheme featuring accurate fleshtones and generally deep blacks. While the picture can have a soft quality, details can be nicely rendered. Some of the darker scenes appear a bit milky and lacking true, deep blacks. There is a bit of pixel breakup noticed, but there is no distracting edge enhancement for a pleasing (and frightening) experience. (Suzanne Hodges)

Surround and LFE channel activity is lathered on extra thick for these Dolby