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Guardian, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 117 (Feb 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Neal McDonough, Melissa Sagemiller, Brian Geraghty & Clancy Brown

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include a commentary with Director Andrew Davis and Writer Ron L. Brinkerhoff; an alternate ending, which, after watching, makes you glad they kept the original; four deleted scenes with optional director and writer commentary; an 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette; and an almost six-minute look at the United States Coast Guard.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 5064803
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language, and some sensuality
(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): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/23/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrew Davis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After losing his crew during a rescue mission in Alaska

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits warm fleshtones and deep blacks, but colors are slightly subdued. Shadow delineation is poorly defined, as the many dark scenes can look flat and dimensionless. Details are well resolved on tight shots, but medium and long shots can be blurred by edge enhancement Edge enhancement can be distracting, and pixilation can make the image look blocky and digital. (Danny Richelieu)

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