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Chicken Run

Genre: Animation

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

The Voice Talents of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson, John Sharian, Jo Harvey Allen, Lisa Kay, Jane Horrocks, Lynn Ferguson, Imelda Staunton, Phil Daniels, Tony Haygarth, Timothy Spall, Benjamin Withrow

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include an audio commentary with directors Peter Lord & Nick Park, two featurettes:

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 86453
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(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): 85
(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): 11/21/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Lord & Nick Park
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Academy Award

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is an egg-ceptional transfer that exhibits impeccable detail and clarity into backgrounds. Images are sharp with egg-cellent contrast throughout. The clay animation egg-xhibits fully saturated, vibrant colors and deep, pure blacks. I did not notice any major distractions for a picture that will surely please. (Suzanne Hodges)

Chicken Run contains two discrete mixes on this DVD, a 5.1-channel Dolby Digital Surround EX track as well a DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 track. When the soundfield is fully engaged as in chapter 15 "Chickens Go In, Pies Come Out," Chicken Run can be an exciting and involving sonic experience. The surrounds and surround back channel are used to great effect to heighten the suspense and comedy of this scene as every cog and gear in the nefarious chicken pie machine is resolved, creating a spatially dramatic surround sound experience. The LFE channel

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