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Lords Of Dogtown
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 101 (Oct 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Michael Angarano, Nikki Reed, Rebecca De Mornay, Heath Ledger, Johnny Knoxville & Vincent Laresca

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with director Catherine Hardwicke and actors John Robinson, Victor Rasuk, and Emile Hirsch; a 30-minute documentary "The Making Of Lords Of Dogtown"; 16 cameos on the Dogtown cast and crew; eight deleted and extended scenes; five short featurettes: the one-minute "Bails & Spills," the two-minute "Extended Pool Session," the two-minute "Of Course We Want A Skateboarding Bulldog!," the two-minute "The Making Of Pacific Ocean Park," and the three-minute "The Ocean Washes My Hair And Make-Up Test"; three storyboard comparisons; previews; and upfront ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10099
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For drug and alcohol content, sexuality, violence, language and reckless behavior - all involving teens.
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(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): 09/27/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Catherine Hardwicke
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Inspired by a true story that took place during the '70s, "Lords Of Dogtown" revolves around Stacy Peralta (Robinson), Jay Adams (Hirsch), and Tony Alva (Rasuk); three surfer dude/skaters from Venice Beach, CA who hung out at the Zephyr Surf Shop. With the introduction of urethane wheels, skateboarding took on a whole new meaning, and the three friends found a way to combine their surfboarding style with their skateboarding moves, changing the sport forever. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD picture has a gritty, edgy appearance that is immensely reminiscent of the appearance of Thirteen (also directed by Catherine Hardwicke and photographed by Elliot Davis). Colors can be vibrant and richly saturated, or desaturated and cold. Images are satisfyingly sharp and detailed, though some scenes appear smeared or blurry. Texture is provided by film grain retained in the source element. Larger home theatre displays are more likely to evoke motion sickness with the handheld camerawork. For what the picture is intended to look like, the DVD certainly delivers! (Suzanne Hodges)

Although the soundtrack does not make much use of the surround or LFE channels, the Dolby