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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Hillz, The
Genre: Drama

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

Rene Heger, Jesse Woodrow, Paris Hilton, Jason Shaw, Eric Priestley, James DeBello, Vince Rimoldi & Silas Gaither

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Includes director and cast and filmmaker commentary (with producer Jonathan Bayle, director Saran Barnun, and actors Jesse Woodrow and Rene Heger), the theatrical trailer, the original script available as a PDF on your computer, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): HAL2594DVD
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/08/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Saran Barnun
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Steve 5 (Woodrow) has returned to his old suburban neighborhood to find The Hillz an ultraviolent crime zone. His best friend Duff (Heger) has become the leader of a gang and his new lifestyle is strangely intriguing to Steve 5, but his dreams of playing professional baseball and winning the heart of Heather Smith (Hilton) force him to stay true to himself. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits generally well-balanced colors. Sharpness can be satisfying, but contrast seems a bit low, and visual information appears to be crushed in the darker scenes. There is an excessively gritty texture inherent in the Super 16 source element and is especially noticed in the darker scenes. Although not always apparent, some edge halos and pixelization are evident. Much of what is undesirable about the picture appears to be related to the original elements. (Suzanne Hodges)

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