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Rock Star
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 58 (Mar 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Mark Wahlberg, JenniferAniston, Jason Flemyng, Timothy Olyphant, Timothy Spall & Dominic West

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by the director, a four-minute

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21327
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, sexuality and some drug content
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/22/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stephen Herek
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Chris Cole (Wahlberg) is a wannabe Rock Star, serving as frontman in Blood Pollution: a tribute band to their metal gods, Steel Dragon. With wild

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture looks great, with sharp and nicely detailed images into backgrounds. Colors are rich and vibrant, with accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced, with excellent visual information in the darker scenes. At times, images are surrounded by an edge of enhancement, but many scenes are free from its distraction. There is very little pixelization or shimmering for a solid visual experience. (Suzanne Hodges)

The audio presentation is a wonderful recording, and the use of the spatial soundstage is appropriately liberal and energetic, during the appropriate moments. The on-stage performances, in particular, impart the feel and raw emotion of being in a heavy metal concert. The low-end associated with the music is amply deep and prominent at times, with active engagement of the .1 LFE. In the absence of the music, the soundfield is amply wide and enveloping, with the exception of some dialogue-focused scenes. The dialogue sounds natural and presented at a comfortable listening level. (Perry Sun)