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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Devils On The Door Step
Genre: Foreign

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

Jiang Wen, Kagawa Teruyuki, Chen Qiang, Chen Shu, Sawada Kenya, Cong Zhijun, Jiang Hongbo, Yuan Ding & David Wu

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include an optional introduction by Steven Soderbergh and the trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Home Vision Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DEV050
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/19/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jiang Wen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Devils On The Door Step is a genre confusion sort of film. Starting out with plenty of humor, the movie soon loses all sense of a comedy and turns into something much more dramatic. Set during World War II in a little Chinese village near the Great Wall, a captured Japanese soldier and a Chinese interpreter are left for a short while with Dasan Ma (Wen). But when no one returns for the two men, it's up to Ma to decide what to do with them. Based on the novel by You Fengwe. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The black-and-white 1.82:1 DVD picture is anamorphically enhanced and exhibits pleasantly smooth, clean imagery in the darker scenes. The gray scale exhibits satisfying balance, with generally deep blacks (that occasionally appear a bit milky) and bright whites. A satisfying gradation of visual information is available between the two extremes. While the picture can appear somewhat soft, details are often nicely rendered. There are some minor source element scratches and occasional artifacts. Rarely are edge halos noticed, nor is there distracting pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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