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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

2-Disc Collector
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon & Francois Truffaut

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a chaptered 102-minute documentary, "The Making Of Close Encounters

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 12649
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 137
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1977
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/29/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Spielberg
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Story Synopsis:
Winner of Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits image quality that should surely please. Images are sharp and well defined. At times, the picture exhibits slightly soft images, but there is no apparent smearing. Though somewhat dated, colors are well balanced. Fleshtones can be naturally rendered, though at times a bit reddish, and blacks are quite deep and solid. There is some apparent edge enhancement, giving the picture a hard-edged character at times. Infrequent minor shimmering is noticed. Compared to the previously reviewed LaserDiscs, the DVD is much more refined with improved clarity and contrast. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel soundtracks, like the previous LaserDisc, have a definite balance toward the screen, with surround activity that is occasionally, though somwhat surprisingly sporadic. Fidelity is certainly dated, even at times imparting a

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