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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Stay Alive
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 112 (Sept 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Wendell Pierce, Jimmi Simpson, Milo Ventimiglia, Maria Kalinina, Sophia Bush & Adam Goldberg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include a 1-1/2-minute visual effects reel, audio commentary by Director William Brent Bell and Co-Writer Matthew Peterman, an interactive

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Buena Vista Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 51026
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(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): 09/19/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): William Brent Bell
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After a friend is found murdered while playing a new video game, Hutch (Foster) is given the man

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is rather soft and washed out, with hints of edge enhancement and compression artifacts that can distract from the image. Wide shots of multiple subjects are much softer than close-ups, but even the close-ups are not as detailed as the format will allow. Shadow delineation is generally poor, with information in the darkness often becoming a dark soupy mess. Some scenes are incredibly soft and pixilated, becoming borderline unwatchable. The in-game sequences are definitely the best looking scenes. (Danny Richelieu)

Although the mix is very aggressive and involving, the Dolby