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Spy Game
Genre: Thriller

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

Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman, Michael Paul Chan & Marianne Jean-Baptiste

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes two audio commentary tracks (one with director Tony Scott, and the other with producers Marc Abraham and Douglas Wick), nine deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary, a three-minute script-to-storyboard featurette, applicant requirements for CIA employment, DVD-ROM enhancements, production notes, biographies, and promotional materials. Also, the Clandestine Ops feature is an option to view behind-the-scenes information by selecting an icon while viewing the movie.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21552
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, some violence and brief sexuality
(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): 127
(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): 04/09/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tony Scott
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Nathan Muir (Redford) has just 24 hours to battle enemies abroad and the system inside the CIA to save his colleague, CIA agent Tom Bishop (Pitt).

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing recreation of Dan Mindel

The 5.1-channel discrete audio presentations are excellent, with state-of-the-art fidelity and general audio quality that is truly exemplary. The overall tonality of the audio is impressively neutral, and therefore obviating the need for re-equalization. Deep bass is very clean and articulate with a punchy, often well-defined presence that penetrates and occasionally puts your system to the test. The dialogue is a very good production, with natural-sounding voices and quite impressive spatial integration. The Harry Gregson-Williams music score sounds remarkably expansive and enveloping, and also delivering with a palpable, deep-down satisfying bass foundation. The split surrounds are effective, both in playing their role in generating the subtle yet effective holosonic rendering, and also in energizing the soundstage during heightened moments, such as the Vietnam War flashback and the shootout in Chapter 17. The apparent width of the soundstage is really impressive to experience, especially with the music. Last but certainly not least, many of the poignant effects, notably gunshots, have a distinct visceral signature to them and downright impressive clarity. The DTS

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DVD-ROM Review:
The only DVD-ROM features included with Spy Game is a link to Universal