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Less Than Zero
Genre: Drama

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

Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Tony Bill & Nicholas Pryor

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes three trailers and five TV spots. The up-front Fox ad should bring the price of this DVD down to less than zero.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2002517
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1987
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/05/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marek Kanievska
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, this life-imitating-art movie stars Robert Downey, Jr., as fun-loving Julian, who seems to have it all: good looks, charisma, and wealth. He also has a penchant for drugs. And it is this addiction that sends him and his friends (McCarthy and Gertz) into a downward and gut-wrenching spiral to a point of Less Than Zero. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibtis pleasing color fidelity, with hues that are rich and well balanced. Fleshtones appear to be accurately rendered, and blacks are deep and solid. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. Unfortunately, the fine detail-diminishing effects of noise reduction are noticed. (For a good example, watch the detail fade in and out on James Spader

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