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Lost Souls

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 47 (April 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Philip Baker Hall, Elias Koteas, Sarah Wynter, John Beasley & John Hurt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with the director and cinematographer, ten deleted or alternate cut scenes, the theatrical trailer, and biographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5207
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence/terror and some 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): 98
(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): 02/27/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Janusz Kaminski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lost Souls stars Winona Ryder as Mara Larkin, a woman who, as a young girl, experienced demonic possession

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD nicely recreates the somber vision of first-time director Janusz Kaminski, ASC, (better known as Academy Award

The listening experience offered by the Dolby

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  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
Just like all the other PCFriendly compatible New Line releases, Lost Souls does not have much ingenuity behind it. From the DVD-ROM main menu, you are given the options Script to Screen, Original Web site, Hot Spot, and Play Movie. The Script to Screen section is all black with white font, making it easy to read, but because the film is so dark, it is very hard to watch the movie in the uncommonly small window available for doing this. This script viewer gives you the options to print scene by scene, or the entire screenplay. When viewing the Original Website, you are shown a very strange introduction, with twisted image and color manipulation on still images. After this finishes, you are brought to the site's home page, with the links Congregation, Revelation, Confirmation, and Prophecy. In the Congregation section, you can find cast and crew biographies, and story and production notes. Revelation houses the symbols of evil: seven symbols used by Satanists, and their meanings. Six wallpapers, four screensavers, and an odd video of what looks like a bunch of satanic practices. The prophecy section contains the trailer, and 12 still images from the film. When playing the film from the PCFriendly software, it loads directly to the DVD-Video main menu. Again, there is not much to this title. The script has a presentation that stays consistent with the nature of the film, but hurts its effectiveness in the long run. The Web site has some good features, but they really are not made specifically for DVD-ROM users, which hurts the rating this title received. (Danny Richelieu)