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Beach, The

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 41 (Sept 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, Paterson Joseph, Robert Carlyle

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2000176
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, language and drug content.
(Retail Price): $14.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/25/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Danny Boyle
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Well, it happened. A studio not affiliated with Buena Vista has jumped on that unwelcome advertising bandwagon and included a commercial at the beginning of The Beach. This is not a good sign. At any rate, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Richard, a young American backpacking in Asia looking for adventure. Little does he know, though, that when he travels to a breathtakingly beautiful hidden beach, his paradise will soon turn his life to one of immense terror and fear. Based on the book by Alex Garland.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD is truly beautiful. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent depth and definition. Colors are balanced with accurate fleshtones, rich colors and deep, pure blacks. Viewed in a completely blackened room, the nighttime scenes actually seem to reveal the actors lit only by the moon. Even the darkest scenes are very solid, without any distracting pixelization. The slightest enhancement is occasionally noticed, but nothing that degrades this gorgeous picture.

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