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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 102 (Nov 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins & Kerry Condon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include a very good behind-the-scenes five-minute interview with director Louis Leterrier, two featurettes: "Serve No Master" (ten mintues), and "The Collar Comes Off: Behind The Scenes Of 'Unleashed'" (13 minutes), the Massive Attack "Atta Boy" music video, the RZA "Unleash Me" music video, and upfront ads. Also, this disc is available to watch in either the unrated or the extended version.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 28793
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
(Rating Reason):

For strong violent content, language and some sexuality/nudity.
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(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): 10/11/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Louis Leterrier
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After being raised by a small time Godfather (Hoskins) as a human weapon posing as a dog, Danny (Li) makes the acquaintance of Sam (Freeman), a blind piano tuner. The first person ever to show Danny a hint of kindness, the two strike up an unlikely friendship, and Danny becomes determined to put his past life behind him. But when things go wrong, Danny is faced with an unexpected choice and takes on the ultimate fight for survival. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is stylized with a cold, desaturated appearance that adds an edgy visual appearance that is complementary to the storytelling. The picture is mostly sharp and nicely detailed, though some minor smearing is noticed. Some highly contrasted imagery exhibits some loss of finer details. Considering the desaturation, colors are generally well-balanced, with adequate fleshtones, and slightly milky blacks. Shadow delineation is accurately rendered and there is a satisfying amount of visual information in the darkness. Minor edge halos are noticed, but pixelization is rarely a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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