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Water Horse, The (Legend Of The Deep)

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 131 (May 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Emily Watson, Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin, David Morrissey, Priyanka Xi & Brian Cox

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
All special features on the two-disc DVD set are on Disc Two and include the following featurettes: Myths And Legends (11 minutes), The Story (12 minutes), The Characters (16 minutes), Setting The Scene (14 minutes), Water Work: Creating The Water Horse (12 minutes), and Creating Crusoe (14 minutes); eight deleted scenes; and previews. In addition to these special features, the Blu-ray Disc

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 18456
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For some action/peril, mild language, and brief smoking.
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(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): 04/08/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jay Russell
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Young Angus MacMorrow (Etel) finds what appears to be a large egg in the tidepools of Loch Ness, Scotland. The boy takes the mysterious object back to his dad's workshop, where it soon hatches. Nothing could have prepared Angus for what emerges from his find...a mischievous and mythical creature known as The Water Horse, which he names Crusoe. Angus and his sister Kirstie (Xi) find hiding the beast more difficult than expected when they discover Crusoe grows ten times larger every day. Based on the book by Dick King-Smith. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing image, with deep black levels and nicely rendered shadow detail, as well as vibrant colors. While color vibrancy is bold, fleshtones generally look natural. While details are captured well, with fine details noticeable in the source, heavy compression artifacts can limit the image. Pixelation is recognizable, and edges can look harsh and digitized. There are many scenes, however, where the image looks fairly pristine. Edge enhancement is minor, but can be recognized over the higher contrast transitions. (Danny Richelieu)

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