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Substitute 4, The: Failure Is Not An Option

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 51 (Aug 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Treat Williams, Angie Everhart, Patrick Kilpatrick & Bill Nunn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Includes forced ads, two deleted scenes, a photo gallery, on-screen and booklet production notes, and cast and crew filmographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11735
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated for violence, sexuality, and some language.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 04/24/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Radler
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not An Option, based on the characters created by Roy Frumkes, Rocco Simonelli, and Alan Ormsby, finds undercover cop Karl Thomasson (Williams) posing, again, as a substitute teacher. In this story, he is recruited by an old acquaintance concerned about his nephew, who attends an elite military school. It seems a small group of students, led by a new commandant (Kilpatrick), are trying to recruit the students into neo-Nazism, and it is Karl

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits images that are generally sharp, but rough in appearance. Colors border on oversaturation at times, with fleshtones appearing slightly reddish. Blacks are deep but undefined. There is a slightly dark character to the picture. Pixelization can distract at times, as does edge enhancement. Film grain and occasional source element artifacts are revealed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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