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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Theatrical Edition
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 110 (Jul 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund & William Fichtner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 1.5
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Special Features
Actress Milla Jovovich provides audio commentary and there is a 31-minute making of featurette. There are up-front ads and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 14503
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity, and language
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(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): Kurt Wimmer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Violet (Jovovich) was born into a world you may not understand. But if you are smart enough to follow the setup, you learn a subculture of HGV-infected humans with superpowers who are being eliminated by the government. When Violet contracted the hemoglophagic virus, she decides to fight back with a small group of HGV-positive rebels known as Hemophages. And when it comes to saving an innocent young boy (Bright), Violet becomes Ultraviolet and ultraviolent against corrupt government officials. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
Following an opening title sequence with a plethora of fabricated comic book covers that set the tone for the visuals to come, the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture takes on a surrealistic visual quality with soft, glowing images. Colors are almost always incredibly vivid in saturation, often with spot colors of violet, but many scenes are completely awash in other hues that enhance the fantasy setting and locations. At times, pixel breakup is noticed, but these minor problems with the DVD only lead one to believe that the Blu-ray disc (which will be released day-and-date on June 27) will look fantastic! (Suzanne Hodges)

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