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Siege, The
Martial Law Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 122 (Jul/Aug 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis & Tony Shalhoub

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Producer/Director Edward Zwick and Executive Producer Peter Schindler, 14 minutes on location in New York, the 13-minute The Siege: Freedom Is History featurette, a 14-minute chaptered making-of segment, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2243304
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity.
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1998
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/15/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Edward Zwick
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Special Notes:
Also available in a DTS version, Catalog Number #2001091

Story Synopsis:
New York City is once again under attack in The Siege and it's up to FBI agent Anthony Hubbard (Washington), NSA agent Elise Kraft (Bening), and Army General William Devereaux (Willis) to put a stop to the terrorism. The three react to the anarchy that is developing around them with opposing plans for control, but all are motivated by finding those responsible for the destruction before it's too late. Lots of explosions. (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
Like the previously reviewed DVD (Issue 46), the 2.35:1 DVD is stylized with a cold, stark appearance that is beautifully contrasted with deep pure blacks against cold bluish whites. Otherwise, hues are well balanced. The previous release had a very smeared look with color ghosting that could be distracting. While the ghosting has been fixed in this version, the details can still look smeared. Edge enhancement is still noticeable, perhaps even slightly more so than in the previous release. (Danny Richelieu)

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