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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Perfect Storm, The


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Genre: Drama

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

Stars:
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, John Hawkes, Allen Payne, Karen Allen, Bob Gunton, Christopher McDonald & Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
Internet Links
http://www.perfectstorm.com
http://www.creativedesignart.com
Special Features
The boxed set includes senitype image from the movie that has been autographed by George Clooney with a certificate of authenticity, a 35mm film clip, eight lobby cards, six black & white stills, and a 27 x 40


 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Creative Design
(Catalog Number):
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Raged PG-13 for language and scenes of peril.
(Retail Price): $200.00
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(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): 11/07/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Wolfgang Petersen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm takes us to Gloucester, Massachusetts and the world of the fishermen who brave the elements on the briney sea. They

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.30:1 DVD exhibits excellent picture quality, with images that are sharp and detailed. There is little edge enhancement for a picture that is film-like and appealing. Images are sharp, with fine detail and definition. Color fidelity is nicely rendered, with natural fleshtones, rich hues and deep blacks. Hues are appropriately balanced to the gray, dreary weather during the storm, while the earlier scenes are more vibrant. The picture is very natural, though occasionally, the whitewater breaks apart

Soundtrack:
The Dolby

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  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:
Disappointing

DVD-ROM Review:
Installation for this title is the same for all other PCFriendly compatible titles, fast and easy. Once you run the software, you are shown a fairly good (even with the horrible resolution) introduction with clips from the film run together. After this intro, you are given the option to go to the DVD-ROM section, or Play the Movie. From the DVD-ROM main menu, you are given three options: Online Events, Brewing the Storm, and Theatrical Web site. The Online Events section takes you to the exact same Web site that all the other titles do, still not updated for the newer releases. I do realize it is great that The Matrix won four Oscars, but what about The Perfect Storm? In the Brewing the Storm section, you are brought online to a site telling about what happened behind the scenes filming the movie. Or, at least I hope that is what you are sent to. I was unfortunately brought to a page telling me the site was not available for preview. You must have an Internet connection established to view this section. Again, another link online can be found in the Theatrical Web site section. You would think they could spare a little space on the disc for all of this. The good thing about the site is there is a ton of information related to the film. There are essays on the story and pre-production atmosphere, as well as cast biographies and photos in The Film section. In the Storm section, you can find photos from satellites and the ground, video taken by people that lived through the storm, and facts about the storm in general. There are also sections on the special Effects used in the film, and links to find more information about the agencies that help make the sea a safer place. Also, you can find a history of the town the film was set in, a documentary on the people who lived through the storm, a synopsis on the book and a link to the Perfect Storm Foundation. Finally, in the Special Events section of the site, you can find a recording of The Perfect Storm premier, an interview with Mark Wahlberg, "The Voyage of the Lady Grace," and a 3D tour of the Lady Grace. Playing the movie from the PCFriendly software works well, and goes to the DVD-Video main menu, which also works well using a mouse. I am very disappointed with the DVD-ROM features contained with this feature. It really is only a giant link to their Web site. There really is no reason to view the features on this disc. (Danny Richelieu)

  WSR D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Review
D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Rating:
5

D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Review:
The Perfect Storm