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Cell, The

Genre: Science Fiction

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

Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include two audio commentaries, the isolated score, deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes segments on visual effects and style, filmographies, an empathy test and a brain map found in the interactivities menu and DVD-ROM enhancements.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5150
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for bizarre violence and sexual images, nudity and language.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(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): 12/19/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tarsem Singh
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Serial killer Carl Stargher (D

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits an absolutely surreal picture that is a beautiful transfer. Colors are eye-popping, with fully saturated hues, superbly balanced fleshtones and deep, endless blacks. Detail and definition are excellent, throughout, with exemplary contrast and shadow delineation. It can

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  WSR DVD-ROM Review
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DVD-ROM Review:
The Cell presents a very weird main menu, which is very fitting for the film. Once the slow moving introduction finishes, you are given links to the six subsections of this title, being Play the Movie, Original Website, Script to Screen, Hot Spot, Game Demo, and Help. The script is presented almost exactly like Body Shots and the other recent New Line releases, with easy to read print, and a window dedicated for playing the scene you are reading. This script also has print capability, for the entire script or scene by scene. After the amazing, but lengthy, introduction, you are brought to the Web site's menu. From here, you can select Superego, ID, and Ego. In the Superego section, you can find a diagram of the brain, specifically telling you what each part of the brain does. The ID section includes six downloadable screensavers and eight desktop images in a variety of resolutions. Also in this section is an apathy test, which tells you how well you experience emotions. In Ego, the only section available directly off the DVD, you can find cast and crew biographies, a story write-up, and documentation on the production notes and behind-the-scenes action. Also included on this disc is a demo for the game Cataclysm. Why this demo is on this disc, I have no clue, since it really has nothing to do with the film at all. If you play the movie from the PCFriendly software, it loads quickly to the DVD-Video main menu, which works very well using a mouse. Everything is well done on this title, and it has a lot of elements to it as well. I really did not have any problems, besides the odd choice of a game demo included. (Danny Richelieu)