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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 60 (May 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard & Mary McCormack

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
Includes an alternate ending, a Spotlight On Location featurette (12 minutes), audio commentary with director Iain Softley, deleted scenes, storyboard comparisons, behind-the-scenes stills taken by Jeff Bridges, production notes, cast and filmmaker bios, DVD-ROM enhancements, and Universal Studios promotional materials.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21553
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

A sequence of violent images, and brief language and sensuality
(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): 120
(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): 03/26/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Iain Softley
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Gene Brewer, this is a spellbinding, often humorous story of a mysterious stranger who defies convention, puzzles the experts, and leaves everyone searching for the truth. When Prot (Spacey) seemingly appears out of nowhere following a disturbance at New York

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing picture, with images that are sharp and nicely detailed. Light plays an important part in the movie, and the filmmakers incorporated it nicely into the cinematography. Low-lit scenes have a welcome golden glow, similar to how Prot describes K-PAX. Brighter scenes almost appear too contrasty at times, giving the feeling that

The 5.1-channel soundtracks have been nicely recorded and produced. The audio is generally of a somewhat quiescent nature, with focus toward the dialogue and music. Fidelity is remarkable, and the tonal balance at or near reference level seems neutral. Voices sound impressively natural, and also exhibit convincing spatial consistency with the visuals. The music tends to predominate from the screen channels, with fairly palpable spread across the screen, and a notable low-end presence. Atmospheric effects are usually subtly, yet nicely distributed throughout the listening space. Deep bass is also quite reserved, but does serve effectively in Chapter 16, with notable .1 LFE content. The soundstage rendered by the DTS

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DVD-ROM Review:
After loading the Interactual Player 2 software, you are brought to the K-PAX DVD-ROM main menu (after viewing a short Flash introduction). This menu is very well done, with full sound and an active background. There are six quotes typed onto the screen, and when your mouse passes over each an audio clip from the film is played. The main menu gives you direct links to the five subsections of the DVD-ROM features, entitled Worlds Apart, Atmosphere, Inhabitants, Imaging, and Transmissions. By clicking the link labeled Worlds Apart (or any of the quotes), a new page will open with pictures of a few random object s from the film. In the Worlds Apart section, you can find still images from the film, patient files on six of the characters from the film, an interactive star chart, a "tape recording" of Dr. Powell