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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 132 (June 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel & Odette Yustman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by Director Matt Reeves; the following featurettes: Document 01.18.08: The Making Of Cloverfield (28 minutes), Cloverfield Visual Effects (22 minutes), and I Saw It! It

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 35205
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For violence, terror and disturbing images
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 84
(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): 04/22/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Matt Reeves
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Rob Hawkins (Stahl-David) has been offered the job of a lifetime in Japan, and his brother Jason (Vogel) is planning to send him off in style with a fantastic going-away party. During the party, when Rob is surrounded by friends and well-wishers, an alien lands in New York

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD often looks noisy with poor color fidelity and elevated black levels, similar to what you would expect with a cheaper hand-held video camera. There are times, however, when the image looks clean with solid black levels and no noise. Considering the entire movie was supposed to be shot using the same camera throughout the picture is rather inconsistent. Compression artifacts aren

The Dolby