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Genre: Computer Animation

Reviewed In Issue 54 (Nov 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz & John Lithgow

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Shrek, the computer animation hit from PDI and DreamWorks, and based on William Steig

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 89012
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/02/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Once upon a time in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek (Myers) whose precious swampy solitude was suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. There are blind mice on his table, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three bedless bears, and three little homeless pigs, not to mention the rest who are banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (Lithgow). Determined to save their home, not to mention his own, Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Diaz) to be Farquaad

DVD Picture:
The 1.78:1 all-digital transfer of Shrek is nothing short of impressive. Detail in the computer animation is astounding. Contrast and

The 5.1-channel soundtracks offer an enlightening, animated listening experience, along with excellent fidelity. The dimensional scope, however, is generally conservative, with a noticeable balance toward the screen. The surrounds are usually engaged subtly to moderately, with a few moments for which they become prominent and bring the soundstage alive (such as the fiery encounter with the dragon in Chapter 7). Otherwise, the restrained utilization of surround envelopment seems more than would be expected. While the use of deep bass is certainly powerful at times and even system-threatening, with sub-25 Hz extension in the main channels, the use of the .1 LFE is very limited, and in fact, there is little in the way of such activity with the roars and rumbles of the dragon in Chapter 7. The music score has been very nicely recorded, and its presence across the screen is sweeping and engaging, and sometimes filling the listening space all around the listener. Voices have remarkably natural fidelity, but the studio-type ambience from an ADR production is noticeable. The DTS

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DVD-ROM Review:
At first glance, it looks as though all we get from Shrek as DVD-ROM users is a cool looking skin for Interactual