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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Around The Fire

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 42 (Oct 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Devon Sawa, Bill Smitrovich, Tara Reid, Eric Mabius, Charlayne Woodard

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes cast and crew interviews, five minutes of outtakes, the theatrical trailer, Web links, and a well-presented segment of bonus trailers for seven unusual films: Six Ways To Sunday, and Razor Blade Smile, Phantom Of The Opera, Dance With The Devil, Oxygen, Relax It

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): A-Pix Entertainment
(Catalog Number): APX27027
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for pervasive drug content, language, and some sex/nudity.
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(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): 08/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Jacobsen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Around The Fire is a coming-of-age story about a young man

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits nice picture quality, with images that are sharp and detailed. The picture is stylized to enhance the story from grainy flashbacks to psychedelically colored drug-induced hallucinations. Colors are balanced with rich and vibrant hues, natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. While some scenes are just slightly soft, and others exhibit minor edge enhancement, overall, the picture is quite pleasing.

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