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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

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

Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Guy Torry, Jennifer Esposito, Famke Janssen & Oliver Platt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
The DVD includes excellent supplementals, including feature-length commentary by director Gary Fleder as well as scene specific commentary by five of the stars. There is a menu titled Cinema Master Class, which includes a Brittany Murphy screen test, storyboard comparisons, an interview with producers Arnold Kopelson and Anne Kopelson, three behind-the-scenes featurettes, screening room dailies, a set tour with production designer Nelson Coates, a conversation with Fleder, a music score featurette, and pre-visualization of the trench sequence. Three deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and cast and crew biographies under the guise of

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2003405
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence, including gruesome images, and language
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(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): 02/19/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gary Fleder
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DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits stylized images to give the picture an unconventional appearance. Director Gary Fleder wanted to stay away from a look that was too glossy or too clean. Blue overtones give the picture a cold, harsh feeling, while the psychiatric hospital often utilizes unsettling greens. Elsewhere in the movie, colors are nicely balanced, with rich hues. While images are quite sharp and nicely detailed, fine details smear slightly, and could possibly be a negative side effect of noise reduction. Edge enhancement is noticed on occasion. (Suzanne Hodges)


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