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Skeleton Key, The
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 104 (Jan 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt & Joy Bryant

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with director Iain Softley, 22 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Iain Softley; 10 short featurettes: "Behind The Locked Door

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 25850
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence, Disturbing Images, Some Partial Nudity And Thematic Material.
(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): 104
(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): 11/15/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Iain Softley
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When 25-year-old Caroline Ellis (Hudson) accepts a job as a live-in Hospice Caretaker, she has no idea what's in store for her. Moving to a spooky old house in the swamps, Caroline begins taking care of bedridden Ben Devereaux (Hurt). When Ben's wife Violet (Rowlands) gives Caroline a key that unlocks all the doors in the house, "The Skeleton Key," Caroline puts it to good use. But what she discovers is a secret so frightening and terrifying that Caroline wonders if she dares to believe it. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture looks great, with rich, vivid colors that appear well-balanced throughout. Blacks are solid, providing a thrilling sense of depth in the suspenseful scenes. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures. Some scenes appear somewhat soft, but rarely is any smearing evident. There is little pixelization and no obtrusive edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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