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Shoot 'Em Up

Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 129 (Mar 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Stephen McHattie & Greg Bryk

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include up-front previews, commentary by Writer/Director Michael Davis, nine deleted/alternate scenes, a making-of featurette entitled Ballet Of Bullets

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N35231
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality and some language
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(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): 01/01/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Davis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When a man, only known as Smith (Owen), stumbles into a gunfight in which an innocent, pregnant woman is delivering her baby amongst the bullets, he steps in to help her. The woman dies in childbirth, leaving Smith to care for the orphaned child. He assumes the killers are after the woman, but soon discovers it is the newborn baby they want. Smith turns to a stunning prostitute (Bellucci), to foster the baby while he tries to discover why the child is a target by the gun-toting bad guys. If Smith can't uncover the truth to protect the baby, he is content to Shoot 'Em Up until all the thugs are dead. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The stylized, anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD exhibits a generally pleasing picture, with a gritty, hot appearance that matches the storytelling well. Black levels are deep and consistent, and shadow delineation is nicely rendered. Contrast is slightly overblown to give the picture an even edgier appearance. Colors are generally nicely saturated, but the palette is dominated by greens, browns, and golds. A fine film grain can be recognized throughout, but it isn

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