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Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 44 (Dec 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

James Marsden, Lena Headey, Norman Reedus, Kate Hudson, Marisa Coughlan, Sharon Lawrence, Eric Bogosian, Edward James Olmos & Joshua Jackson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with star James Marsden and director Davis Guggenheim, three deleted scenes, cast biographies, the theatrical trailer, an alternate ending, Travis

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 18324
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for sexual content including language, and for brief violence.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(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): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/31/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Davis Guggenheim
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For a college class project, three journalism students (Marsden, Headey, and Reedus) decide to start a simple rumor on campus and track how the story changes as it moves from lips to ears. They decide to begin to Gossip about how Naomi Preston (Hudson) and Beau Edson (Jackson) had sex at a party. In reality, she passed out and he left, later playing the macho guy act and giving the thumbs-up to his friends. The news does indeed spread and mutate into a story that now involves a rape accusation and the police.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD looks really great. Color fidelity is very appealing and eye-popping. Hues are nicely balanced with natural fleshtones, vivid hues and deep blacks. The atmosphere of the inside the club is rendered with excellent clarity and realism. Images are sharp and finely detailed. Contrast and shadow delineation are excellent. Though just a few minute artifacts were detected, as well as an occasional shimmer, this picture looks fantastic overall.

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel discrete soundtrack offers a spatially energetic soundfield that is predominated by the music. The fidelity is generally rather good. The distribution of sound effects throughout the soundstage usually results in wide screen-based sonic imaging and subtle surround envelopment. The music penetrates the listening space with split surround prominence, and is likely to impress fans of surround sound. Dialogue is nicely produced, with voices presented at a comfortable listening level, and with typically fair spatial integration. Some interesting sound design can be noticed at times with creative utilization of the split surrounds. Deep bass is impressively deep and poignant, providing ample low-end foundation to the music, along with gentle .1 LFE engagement. This is a nicely produced soundtrack that will provide a palatable surround sound listening experience.