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WSR Detailed DVD Review
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Dolby Digital Surround EX
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 59 (April 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda, Don Blakely, Joseph Carberry, Willie Colon, Joe Spinell, Carol Lynley & Woody Strode

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Like the previously reviewed DVD, this release includes the stills gallery and audio commentary with Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Frank Pesce, and William Lustig. Additional features on this new DVD include a THX Optimizer and promotional reel.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV11647
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1982
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/22/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): William Lustig
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Vigilante is a graphically violent, action-packed thriller from director William Lustig. The plot involves your archetype loneman who seeks revenge for the slaughter of a loved one, amidst crooked bureaucrats, ineffective police, mafia lords and assorted violent criminals.

DVD Picture:
Compared to the non-anamorphic DVD reviewed in Issue 38, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a smoother picture, with slightly improved contrast and color fidelity. While the picture looks dated, colors are consistently balanced, with accurate fleshtones, though blacks are slightly weak. Images are generally sharp, and detail can be nicely rendered. Contrast is a bit low, and the darker scenes are wanting in more visual information. There is some minor edge enhancement noticed, as well as some occasional pixelization. Still, picture quality is improved over the previous version, and this DVD comes with new special features and better soundtracks to boot. (Suzanne Hodges)

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