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Contract, The

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 124 (Oct 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Morgan Freeman, John Cusack & Jamie Anderson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features are limited to a 21-minute making-of featurette, a photo gallery, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): First Look Studios
(Catalog Number): FLP-11969
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For violence
(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): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/24/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bruce Beresford
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After a notorious hitman begins The Contract for his next target, a serious accident puts Frank Cardon (Freeman) in the hands of the law. Meanwhile, widowed Ray Keene (Cusack) tries to reconnect with his son by going on a trip to the mountains

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD is clean, with a naturally sharp picture with inky blacks and balanced shadow delineation. Colors are rich and well balanced, with impressive differentiation between different shades. Unfortunately, though, various color schemes were used in mastering, which can be very distracting and can take away from the experience. Compression artifacts can be seen on occasion, especially in fast motion like running water, and edge enhancement can be noticed over high-contrast transitions. Some source element artifacts can be noticeable from time to time. (Danny Richelieu)

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