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Chain Reaction

Genre: Thriller

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

Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn, Brian Cox, Joanna Cassidy, Chelcie Ross, Nicholas Rudall & Tzi Ma

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer and a TV spot.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2001435
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $22.98
(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): 1996
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/22/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrew Davis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After years of tireless work, a team of scientists and technicians in a University of Chicago Research lab have trapped a simple, yet almost infinitely powerful way to produce energy from water. Suddenly, student machinist Eddie Kasalivich (Reeves) and scientist Lily Sinclair (Weisz) are caught in a Chain Reaction of murder and industrial espionage. The two colleagues are forced to go on the lam after being framed for the murder of their mentor (Rudall), and the sabotage of their laboratory.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing picture throughout. The DVD picture should surely please, exhibiting generally sharp image, with nicely rendered detail, and good contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are rich and vibrant, with well balanced fleshtones and deep blacks. Edge enhancement gives the picture a hard-edged appearance at times, but artifacts are infrequently noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel soundtracks are outstanding. While in some scenes dialogue seems to be ADR-produced, the overall impression is naturalness with excellent spatial integration. The well-recorded music score projects a wide and deep soundstage. Sound effects effectively engage the entire holosonic soundfield. The power in the low-end, along with intense .1 LFE activity is exciting. The DTS