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Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 123 (Sept 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham & Dominic West

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include commentary by Director Zack Snyder, Writer Kurt Johnstad, and Director Of Photography Larry Fong. On Disc Two, you will find five featurettes: "The 300

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 116285
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality, and nudity
(Retail Price): $34.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(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): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/31/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Zack Snyder
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
With the massive army of the Persian empire sweeping across the land, crushing all who oppose it, Spartan King Leonidas (Butler) assembles a defense rather than bow to the foreign Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). When his fearless lot of 300 Spartan soldiers fall to the hostile forces of King Xerxes, it prompts a reaction from the Greeks that will shape the concept of modern democracy. Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The highly stylized, anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD looks very similar to what I remember from its theatrical presentation, with a grainy, gritty look and a muted color palette. When looking at the picture, it is not in any way inspiring, which makes judging it difficult, since it was exactly the look the filmmakers were after. Still, I remembered much better detail. Minor source element artifacts appear from time to time. (Danny Richelieu)

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