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Straight Up: The Director's Cut
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 121 (Jun 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke, Deborah Kara Unger, John Glover, William Devane, Lucy Alexis Liu, Jack Conley & Kris Kristofferson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
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 commentary by Writer/Director Brian Helgeland, the two-part (On Location In Chicago and On Set In Los Angeles) 50-minute Paybacks Are A Bitch featurette, the 29-minute Same Story-Different Movie, Creating Payback: The Director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 04116
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(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): 04/10/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brian Helgeland
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel The Hunter by Richard Stark, Payback stars Mel Gibson as Porter, a hard-boiled career criminal who is out to settle a score. Left for dead by his partners after they double-cross him and rob him of his cut of $70,000, Porter wants revenge. Our tough but lovable antihero will stop at nothing to get his money back

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously reviewed DVD, the anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD does not seem to have changed much, in respect to picture quality. The images are intentionally hard edged, and colors are desaturated for a very stylized appearance, but fine details are not delivered as well as the best releases can be. Only minor compression pixelization is apparent, with images occasionally appearing digital, but otherwise the transfer is pleasing. The imagery is very artistic and intriguing. (Gary Reber/Danny Richelieu)

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