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Road To El Dorado, The

Genre: Animation

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

Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos & Jim Cummings

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 86545
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG for mild thematic material and language.
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/12/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Eric
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tulio and Miguel (Kline and Branagh) are the ultimate wacky sidekicks, only in The Road To El Dorado, they take center stage as a couple of loveable losers who set off in search of riches beyond their wildest dreams in the legendary Lost City Of Gold. Much to their surprise, upon arrival, the two are taken for gods and lavished with gold and attention. Unfortunately, problems lie in the paths of our antiheroes, and the two must learn how to cope with friendship, honor, mistrust and greed

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a beautiful animated picture. Detail and dimension are excellent throughout, as is "shadow delineation." Colors are bold and vibrant, especially when the characters reach El Dorado, with its vivid gold hues. This is truly a reference quality picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Review:
From the DVD-ROM main menu, you are given the links Play the Movie, DVD Main Menu, Online Events, Family Activites, and El Dorado Game Demo. In the Online Events section, you can find a write up on the story, production notes, and cast and filmmaker information. All of these sections pop up in your favorite Internet browser after clicking the link. Also included in the Online Events section is a fun little game, where you try to find items to get you from Spain to El Dorado. The next section, Family Activities, includes another game, where you complete little jobs to find your way to El Dorado. There are a bunch of little tasks for you to do, like proving you can add subtract and multiply, and small games like memory. When you complete each task, you get a keyword so you can quit and go back to the game at a later time. If you make it through the game, you receive a screensaver as a prize. The El Dorado Demo is a small portion of the game available for your PC. I really could not get into the game, so I did not play it for very long, but it looks like it may be fun. It is set up in a third person view, and you must go around doing different jobs to get through the level. Playing the movie directly from the PCFriendly software works well, and loads to the DVD-Video main menu This title is great for children to try out. The games are great for them, and are even semi-exciting. This is definitely a title that should be tried out. (Danny Richelieu)