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Man On Fire
Collector's Edition
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 97 (Jun 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin & Mickey Rourke

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Besides upfront ads, supplements on disc one of this two-disc Collector's Edition includes commentary by director Tony Scott, and commentary by producer Lucas Foster, screenwriter Brian Helgeland, and actress Dakota Fanning. MAN; disc two is ON FIRE when it comes to supplements! There is the documentary "Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing 'Man On Fire'" in which you are given the option of watching the whole thing in its 73-minute entirety or broken down into sections, the six-minute "Twenty Year Odyssey-Project Development," the 13-minute "The Business of Kidnapping-Technical Advisors," the 24-minute "Caught in the Crossfire-Casting and Characterization," the 15-minute "City of God-On Location: Mexico," and the 14-minute "Fire and Passion-Visual and Emotional Style." "Pita's Abduction" includes a Script Excerpt, Tony Scott's Storyboards, and a Multi-Angle Breakdown. There are 15 deleted scenes, including an alternate ending, with optional commentary by Tony Scott, again where you are given the choice of watching its 32-minute entirety or as individual scenes. Also included is a photo gallery, "Oye Como Va" by Kinky music video, and seven trailers, including three Man On Fire trailers. Finally, there are four TV Spots, once again available to watch either in its entirely or separately.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2227262
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language and strong violence
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 146
(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): 05/24/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tony Scott
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A kidnapping occurs every 60 minutes in Latin America, and 70 percent of the victims do not survive. Wealthy Samuel Ramos (Anthony) resides in Mexico City and lives in fear of something happening to his daughter Lupita (Fanning). Determined to protect her, Ramos hires John W. Creasy (Washington), an alcoholic disillusioned former agent, as a bodyguard for his little girl. John grows quite fond of the girl and when the unthinkable happens and Lupita is abducted, he turns into a Man On Fire as he goes after those responsible for her kidnapping. Based on the novel by A.J. Quinnell. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
Appearing to be virtually identical to the previous DVD, this anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 picture looks great with a highly stylized and richly saturated color palette. Fleshtones are nicely rendered, hues are bold and vibrant, and blacks seem endless. At times, the picture flashes to a desaturated, gritty style, then back to a natural color scheme. Images are sharp and detailed, with excellent textures. Edge enhancement is not a problem with this title, though some pixelization is occasionally noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

Compared to the previously released DVD, it does not seem as if much has changed. Deep, detailed bass is prevalent throughout the Dolby

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