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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Deobia Oparei, Ben Daniels, Raz Adoti, Richard Brake & The Rock

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include an 11-minute Basic Training featurette, a six-minute Rock Formation make-up highlight, an 11-minute look at Stan Winston's Master Monster Makers, a six-minute breakdown of

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 20312
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
(Rating Reason):

Strong language/gore, and language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(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): 02/07/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrzej Bartkowiak
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Special Notes:
Also available in an R-rated version.

Story Synopsis:
After finding a portal to Mars, a group of futuristic archaeologists are trying to find out why it was built and what happened to the civilization who built it. But when the archaeologists find themselves under attack, a special marine tactical squad is called out to search and destroy. Soon, it's discovered that a synthetic gene has created superhuman healing traits and these creatures intend to send the facility and its inhabitants to its Doom. So for Sarge (Rock), Reaper (Urban), and the rest of the team, it

DVD Picture:
Viewing in a completely blackened room is highly recommended for this title, as the picture can be very dark in some scenes. Still, the 2.35:1 anamorphically enhanced imagery is nicely rendered, with adequate visual information in the darker scenes. At times, the picture can appear a bit soft, but otherwise sharpness and details are nicely rendered. Colors are rich, if slightly oversaturated, with ruddy fleshtones. Blacks are deep and endless. There is occasional pixelization, but edge enhancement does not seem to be a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

With hard-hitting bass and an interesting, invigorating mix, the Dolby