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Descent, The
Genre: Horror

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

Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone, Myanna Buring & Oliver Milburn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include two commentaries: the first with Director Neil Marshall, and the second with Marshall and the cast; a sort-of-creepy 41-minute look behind (or in this case, beneath) the scenes; a seven-minute interview with Marshall; nine deleted/extended scenes; five minutes of outtakes (don

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 20642
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(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): 12/26/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Neil Marshall
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Viewer Warning: If you are just a little claustrophobic, this movie will cause shortness of breath and nausea. That said, join Sarah (MacDonald), Juno (Mendoza), Beth (Reid), Rebecca (Mulder), Holly (Noone), and Sam (Buring) as they embark on their annual no-holds-barred adventure, which, this year, takes them spelunking in an uncharted area of the Appalachian mountains. But The(ir) Descent is interrupted when a rockfall blocks the only known-way out, forcing them deeper and deeper into the dark and damp unknown. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.30:1 DVD opens with a cold stylization that fits the moods well. Even with this swash of blue, green and red hues are still saturated nicely. Once entering the caves, the stylization turns warm, with reddish fleshtones and more earthy tones. Blacks are inky in the caves, and shadow delineation is good. Some edge enhancement is noticeable, and pixilation can become distracting at times. (Danny Richelieu)

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