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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Session 9
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 61 (June 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Peter Mullan & Brendan Sexton III

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes commentary by Brad Anderson and Stephen Gevedon, a 13-minute featurette, deleted scenes and an alternate ending with optional commentary, five storyboard comparisons, the theatrical trailer, and alternate poster concepts.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): USA Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 96306 0315-2
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language and brief strong violence
(Retail Price): $26.98
(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): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/26/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brad Anderson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Grand, imposing, abandoned, and deteriorating, Danvers State Mental Hospital has been closed down for 15 years. Residents of the sleepy Massachusetts town steer clear of the creepy place, but it is about to receive five new visitors. Given just one week to finish a dangerous asbestos removal project, a five-man crew ventures into the eerily vast and vacant spaces and corridors of the hospital. As the week rolls on, the crew is drawn deeper into the mysteries that surround the asylum

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits very satisfying image quality, which was sourced from high-definition 1080/24p video. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. Detail and clarity can be dead-on, while other times appearing a bit smeared. Exterior hues can be vibrant and nicely balanced, and the ambient color in the darker scenes really helps to develop the mood of a scene. Other scenes can appear unnaturally saturated and somewhat muddy. Unfortunately, edge enhancement can be a very distracting problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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