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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Cape Fear

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 54 (Nov 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Robert Mitchum, Juliette Lewis & Gregory Peck

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
Disc one includes an up-front Universal Studios ad, DVD-ROM enhancements, and THX Optimizer. Disc Two includes

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20567
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 128
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1991
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/18/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin Scorsese
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Cape Fear" is a very slick, suspenseful thriller about relentless psychological torment. It quickly draws you into Robert De Niro

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a generally sharp and detailed picture, and is improved over the LaserDisc (Issue 1). The picture can have an appropriately dark quality, but color fidelity, shadow delineation and contrast are well balanced. There is some edge enhancement and occasional pixelization, which provide a

The 5.1-channel remastered soundtracks deliver a reasonably expansive listening experience, mainly through the music. Fidelity is somewhat dated, and the audio can get loud and shrill at times. The music score has an engulfing presence with a quite satisfying low-end foundation. Otherwise, the 5.1-channel soundfield is quite conventional in that there is a bias toward the screen channels. The exception, of course is the climactic storm scene on the boat in Chapter 17, as the split surrounds become strongly engaged. The low-end is quite notable during certain moments, with extensive .1 LFE activity. The DTS

  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
Once the InterActual software has loaded, you are brought to the DVD-ROM main menu of Cape Fear from this menu, you are given links for Features, Script-to-Screen, and Subscribe to the DVD Newsletter. Features can only be viewed while disc 2 is inserted, and Script-to-Screen can be viewed from disc 1. In the Features section, you are able to directly view the 12 special features available from the DVD-Video menu of the second disc. These features all load up quickly by clicking the title of the clip you want to view. A very simple Script-to-Screen section can be found by clicking the link with the same label. It has a very easy to read font with the same general layout found on most sections of this type. You can also print the script in its entirety, or by DVD chapter. Playing the film from your PC's DVD viewing software works well, and loads directly to the DVD-Video main menu. Unfortunately, there is not much available with this title, and what is there is not overly exciting. The script is a great addition, but is not enough to give Cape Fear a better rating.