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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Alien Planet
Genre: Special Interest

Reviewed In Issue 100 (Sep 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Narrated By John C. McGinley

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include interviews with scientists Stephen Hawking, Jim Garvin, Jack Horner, and Michio Kaku, as well as a Full Throttle preview.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10527
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $14.94
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 08/16/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Pierre De Lespinois
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A team of top scientists, engineers, and artists create a virtual mission to a fictional Alien Planet over six light years away, Darwin 4. Besides exploring other life forms in space through computer animation and visual effects, this title is also packed full of interviews with several top scientists and filmmaker George Lucas. Based on the book Expedition by Wayne D. Barlowe. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The 1.75:1 DVD picture is not anamorphically enhanced, but exhibits generally pleasing imagery nonetheless. Colors are nicely saturated and well balanced, with vibrant hues. The one aspect of the picture that suffers is sharpness. Although the CGI footage is nicely detailed, the interview footage appears smeared and undefined. (Suzanne Hodges)

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