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Evil (Ondskan)
Genre: Drama

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

Andreas Wilson, Gustaf Skarsgard, Linda Zilliacus, Jesper Sale

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a 24-minute making-of featurette and three deleted scenes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Magnolia Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10028
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/27/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mikael Hafstrom
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Erik Ponti (Wilson), a handsome young man and talented swimmer, with a panache for kicking the bloody pulp out of just about anyone, is considered the purest form of Evil by his headmaster and is expelled from school. His mother (Richardson), feeling helpless as to how best to help her troubled son and tired of seeing him beat by his stepfather (Rabeus), sends him off to boarding school. Trying to do his best not to cause any grief, and with the support of his new best friend, Pierre (Lundstrom), Erik is adjusting well until be refuses to stand down to the upper classmen, thus starting a war of the wills. And for his stepfather, well, he eventually gets what he has coming. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture can look quite nice, but details break down and the picture lacks fine textures. Colors are well balanced and appear quite natural. Unfortunately, pixelization plagues the picture, and smearing can be a problem in the darker scenes. (Suzanne Hodges)

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