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House Of Wax
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 103 (Dec 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams & Robert Ri'chard

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include a 26-minute split screen featurette with the cast commenting above on the filming going on below; a seven-minute "Wax On," the design of the House Of Wax featurette; "House Built On Wax" is a ten-minute featurette on the visual effects; and there's a quick little clip "From Location: Joel Silver Reveals House Of Wax." Additionally, there is a three-minute gag reel, an alternate opening, the theatrical trailer, and upfront ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 38945
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Horror Violence, Some Sexual Content and Language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/25/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jaume Collet-Serra
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
On their way to an out-of-town football game, a group of friends run into trouble while camping out in the woods. When Wade's (Padalecki) car breaks down, he and Carly (Cuthbert) accept a ride from a creepy local redneck to the nearest garage. When they arrive at the town they discover a strange attraction called the "House Of Wax," which is a building made entirely of wax. Amazed by how real the people appear to be, Carly and Wade soon find out why...and staying human becomes a fight for survival. From a story by Charles Belden. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
With an appropriately dark picture for the genre, the anamorphically enhanced DVD delivers satisfying imagery throughout. Shadow delineation is perfectly balanced to allow befitting visuals in the darkness and to allow for heightened suspense in the shadows. Colors are nicely saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Some stylizations are used to insinuate the use of a home video camera. Minor pixelization is occasionally noticed, but there is rare edge enhancement or smearing. Overall, this is a very nice-looking picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

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