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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 62 (July 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent & Alice Playten

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
At last, Universal Studios Home Video offers an Ultimate Edition DVD that is worthy of the name! After unleashing the umpteenth version of

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21775
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1985
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/21/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ridley Scott
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A long time ago, the world was shrouded in darkness. Then came the splendor of light, bringing life and love into the universe, and the Lord of Darkness retreated deep into the shadows of the earth, plotting his return to power

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced Director

The 5.1-channel remastered audio presentations, for the Director's Cut version, have sonic characteristics that are relevant to the age of the original production, yet also project rather enveloping, sweeping sonic landscapes. The surrounds are prominently engaged, and the frontal soundstage is abundantly enveloping and expansive. The original recording quality sounds noticeably dated, sometimes exhibiting a somewhat strident presence. But this new remastered sound mix is certainly no slouch in the spatiality department. There is also significant low-end rendering with the repurposed soundtracks. This is attributable in part to some .1 LFE activity. The dated recording affects the natural tonality of the dialogue, which is otherwise adequately clear and distinct. The DTS

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DVD-ROM Review:
There is not much to this Ridley Scott classic as far as DVD-ROM goes. After loading the InterActual Player 2 software, you are brought to the paltry main menu, with links for the Original Screenplay and the Shooting Screenplay. Each screenplay is loaded with the same format as most other screenplay viewers. I am impressed with the inclusion of the video window for both screenplays, as most discs with multiple versions tend to choose the shooting script for showing the film. It is interesting to see the changes that went on from the original script to the final cut. Nothing more can be said for this title. It is short and dull in comparison to most of the other DVD-ROM titles released these days. I was happy with the presentation of the film with each screenplay, but that is far too small an accomplishment to receive a high rating. (Danny Richelieu)