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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Donnie Wahlberg, Chi McBride & Vicellous Shannon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include an 11-minute featurette titled "Plebe Year: The Story Of Annapolis"; a 10-minute look behind the boxing scenes; seven deleted scenes with optional commentary by Director Lin, Writer Collard, and Editor Raskin; and, of course, the option to view the film with Lin, Collard, and Raskin.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 41133
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For some violence, sexual content, and language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(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): 06/27/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Justin Lin
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In this often-told story, Jake Huard (Franco), a persistent young man from a blue-collar family, defies all odds and becomes a plebe at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. There he is pushed to the limit, both physically and mentailly, and it is Lt. Cole (Gibson) who pushes him close to his breaking point. But fight back he does

DVD Picture:
With a warm, well-balanced color palette, the anamorphically enhanced DVD picture exhibits pleasing image quality. Sharpness and fine details are also nicely rendered, with nicely balanced contrast and shadow delineation. Occasional smearing is evident at times. There is little in the way of bothersome pixelization, and no obtrusive edge enhancement is noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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