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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn & Rick Aviles

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with director Jerry Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin, a 22-minute retrospective featurette,

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 32004
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/24/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jerry Zucker
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sam Wheat (Swayze)is in love with Molly Jensen (Moore), but he gets murdered. Molly is miserable. Sam wants Molly to know who his killer was because she

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits sharper images and more refined colors than the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 1. Images are generally sharp, but fine details and clarity are wanting at times. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, with good information in the darkest scenes. Colors are rich and fully saturated, with generally good balance and deep blacks. At times, hues seem a little muddy. Still, fleshtones are mostly accurate. While the picture is wanting in depth and dimension at times, overall, the picture is generally solid. Minor artifacts and film grain are detected on occasion. (Suzanne Hodges)

The sonic presentation, in Dolby Digital 5.1, has been remastered, and the re-purposed Maurice Jarre music score is the predominant multichannel element, with notable fidelity and spaciousness. The creative sound design shines through, particularly the poignant sound effects accompanying the dramatic, surreal visuals that give the sonics some contrast from more conventional, screen-dominant soundfields. The low-end is noteworthy, both for certain effects and the music, delivering with a clean, deep, occasionally penetrating presence, and .1 LFE activity. (Perry Sun)