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Curse Of The Jade Scorpion, The
Genre: Comedy

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

Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Brian Markinson, Wallace Shawn, David Ogden Stiers & Charlize Theron

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes production notes, bios, and a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 89268
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Some sexual content
(Retail Price): $32.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(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): 01/29/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Woody Allen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Taking place in 1940, Manhattan (of course), The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion tells the tale of C.W. Briggs (Allen), an insurance investigator who claims he can put himself directly into the criminal mind. But when he is placed under a spell to fall in love with co-worker, Betty Ann Fitzgerald (Hunt), and rob wealthy homes of their jewels, C.W. finds himself frustrated when he cannot get into this criminal mind! Making matters worse is that he and Betty Ann struggle with their inexplicable new attraction for each other. Not considered one of Woody Allen

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture opens in a police station with warm orange hues that completely saturate and affect all colors including fleshtones. Images are slightly soft, but detail can be nicely rendered. Elsewhere in the movie, a greater range of colors are used, with good balance. There is some minor edge enhancement. Some smearing is detected, and details shimmer on occasion. (Suzanne Hodges)

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