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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 55 (Dec 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent & Ian Robison

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes an up front Artisan ad, eight deleted scenes, storyboards, cast and crew bios, and a photo gallery and trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11994
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong violence, language and some sexuality
(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): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 10/16/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ringo Lam
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A heinous serial killer (Van Damme) is stalking the streets of Chicago (or Seattle?) murdering young mothers. Detective Jake Riley (Rooker) has come very close to catching him, but the killer always eluded him. Then, just when Jake retires from the force, the U.S. National Security Agency calls on him to take part in a secret new project. Jake learns that using DNA technology, a genetic clone has been created of the killer and this Replicant (Van Damme) will have the ability to see into the real killer

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits images that appear somewhat soft and occasionally smeared, though detail can be nicely rendered. Colors are nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation appear natural, with good visual information in the darker scenes. There is evidence of pixelization on occasion, as well as some edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

Van Damme films have traditionally featured soundtracks that are spatially active and generally enjoyable to experience, and this sonic presentation, in Dolby