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Letters From A Killer

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Patrick Swayze, Gia Carides, Roger E. Mosley, Bruce McGill & Mark Rolston,

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes a nice photo gallery, a five-minute behind-the-scenes montage, nifty trivia game based on your knowledge of the movie, the theatrical trailer, cast and crew biographies that include interviews, bonus trailers for nine other Studio (Formerly Sterling) Home Entertainment DVDs, and DVD-ROM extras that include the screenplay.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Studio Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 7395
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1998
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 02/22/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Carson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
While Race Darnell (Swayze) is doing time on Death Row for murdering his wife (he says he didn

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits image quality that should surely please, with rich and well balanced colors. Images are sharp, with nicely rendered detail, though on occasion, scenes are a bit soft. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, but the picture seems a bit flat and wanting in dimension. Source element artifacts are minimal, but there are no major distractions. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel discrete soundtrack is a dynamic, aggressive sonic presentation that provides for a downright immersive, spacious sonic experience. The tonal balance seems pretty much neutral throughout, although somewhat muted at times, and fidelity is rather good. The audio can get rather loud with peak SPLs (there is no dialnorm offset). The soundstage is consistently spacious throughout. The only shortfall of the soundtrack production is that the integration of sound effects seems a bit "manufactured," that is, less than natural sounding. The music has been nicely recorded, and its spacious, enveloping presence is noteworthy. There is certainly a substantial abundance of low frequency energy, with some .1 LFE engagement. The preponderance of deep bass is surprising and at times extremely intense with system-threatening instances. Dialogue has a neutral-sounding tonal quality, and consistency with the visuals is rather good. This is nicely produced movie sound that convincingly drives the visceral momentum. (Perry Sun)

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DVD-ROM Review:
After installing the PCFriendly compatible DVD-ROM features onto your computer, you are brought to the very simple main menu. From here, you are given five options, including Read the Script, Meet the Cast, View the Screensaver, and See the Trailer. The screenplay for Letters from a Killer can be found in the Read the Script section. This is a horrendous looking script, reminiscent to the classic DVD-ROM titles Legionnaire and Space Truckers. You are not given a window to view the screen while you read, and the typewriter style font just does not cut it. Very simple biographies for six of the cast members and the director can be found in the Meet the Cast section of this title's DVD-ROM components. Included with each biography is a filmography, and a link to Internet Movie Database's online documentation for each person. The screensaver is easily installed directly from the DVD by going to the View the Screensaver section, and the original theatrical trailer can be found in the See the Trailer section. Playing the movie from the PCFriendly software goes to the DVD-Video main menu, which works well using a mouse. Letters from a Killer is not only poorly presented, but actually boring to look through. Not one aspect of this title excited me in the slightest bit. Actually, I was pretty excited once I was done looking through everything it contained. (Danny Richelieu)