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Phantasm IV: Oblivion

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 45 (Jan/Feb 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy & Angus Scrimm

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1000834
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for horror, violence/gore and some strong language.
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1998
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 08/01/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Don Coscarelli
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Phantasm IV: Oblivion is the fourth entry in the series about the Tall Man (Scrimm) and his quest to rule the world with his army of undead. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister fight to save mankind by traveling to the Tall Man

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits slight improvements over the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 32. Images are sharp and detailed with nicely rendered fine detail and texture. Like the LaserDisc, colors are sometimes over saturated, but the picture is generally balanced with accurate fleshtones. Blacks fall just short of true depth. The black and white sequences exhibit a good gray scale. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, but definition is wanting in the darker scenes. Minor pixelization is apparent, and fine details occasionally shimmer. (Suzanne Hodges)

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