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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 106 (Mar 2006) Of Widescreen Review®


WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by director Dave McKean and writer Neil Gaiman, a chaptered making-of featurette (with interviews, character development, and a Q&A session from Comicon 2005), a poster and cover art gallery, and bonus trailers for other fantasy titles from Sony.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 02505
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild thematic elements and scary images
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(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): 02/14/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Dave McKean
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Helena Campbell (Leonidas) works for the family circus, and wishes

DVD Picture:
Stylish visuals and eye-popping colors create a fascinating palette for this anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD. A dreamlike circus of vivid reds and greens chromatically contrast a cold desaturated blue-gray appearance when tragedy strikes the main character. The picture embarks on an even more visually ambitious tale when dreams and reality mix in a disorienting atmosphere of emanating light and the perception of classic film flicker. Nothing should surprise you with this picture, except if you should see obtrusive pixelization or edge enhancement. The variable bit rate remains quite high and is evidenced by a smooth and solid picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

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