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VISTA Series
Genre: Western

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

Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn, Powers Boothe, Robert Burke, Dana Delany, Sam Elliott, Stephen Lang, Joanna Pacula, Bill Paxton, Jason Priestley, Michael Rooker, Jon Tenney, Billy Zane & Charlton Heston

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23118
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong western violence.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-disc set/DVD-9 x2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 134
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1993
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/15/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): George P. Cosmatos
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tombstone is a stylized western action film starring Russell as Wyatt Earp, an ex-law enforcer who has left his past with his two brothers to set up a new and more business-like life in Arizona. To their surprise, Arizona is far from orderly, as

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits images that are improved over the previously reviewed, non-anamorphic DVD in terms of sharpness, color fidelity, and contrast. However, a bothersome edge of enhancement distracts from the otherwise-improved imagery. While the edge enhancement was apparent on the previous version, contrast was lower and images were softer, so its presence was not as bothersome. Viewed alone, this new DVD exhibits sharp images, though fine detail is limited and there is some smearing noticed. Colors are rich and warm, with generally pleasing balance and deep blacks. At times hues seem a bit

The 5.1-channel soundtracks are newly-remastered for this release. Except for the fact that the audio sounds somewhat dated, the spatial character of the audio holds up well to current standards. The soundstage is lively and engaging with the music, which occasionally has a satisfying low-end presence with notable .1 LFE activity. The dubbing of the dialogue is somewhat less than compelling, especially with outdoor settings. Split surround engagement is somewhat reserved, yet amply serves to provide for a spacious, enveloping soundfield presence. The aged recording is apparent with certain effects such as gunshots. Deep bass presence should be quite satisfying, aided by sub-25 Hz extension and abundant .1 LFE content. The DTS

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DVD-ROM Review:
The only DVD-ROM features provided with this new release of Tombstone is a game called Tombstone Faro at the Oriental. In this game, you must answer trivia questions about the movie to get chips, then you place bets on cards to win more chips. So, ultimately, this is just a big trivia game. Now, do not get me wrong. I am very impressed with the layout of this game, and it is a little more fun then the basic trivia game usually is. My main disappointment with this title is the lack of options. I was hoping for interviews, biographies, photos, and maybe even a few screensavers, and was pretty upset to only get the single game. I will say, the game is fun if you are looking for something to kill the time. Behind the trivia you do get to play an interesting game of chance, a game that will easily turn a few hours into what seems like a few minutes, but after you start remembering the trivia answers, it gets pretty boring. Definitely try the game out if you have it, but I would not suggest going out of your way to play. (Danny Richelieu)