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Watcher In The Woods, The
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 61 (June 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Bette Davis, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Ian Bannen & Richard Pasco

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes commentary with director John Hough, two alternate endings with optional commentary, a Hough biography, and a THX Optimizer

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV10832
(MPAA Rating): PG
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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): 83
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1981
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/02/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): John Hough
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Helen and Paul Curtis are an American family who move into Mrs. Alywood

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that looks dated. Still, colors can be nicely saturated, with accurate fleshtones and generally deep and undefined blacks. Images are nicely detailed, but many scenes appear soft and hazy. The source element is revealing of film grain, dirt, and artifacts. Pixelization and edge enhancement can be bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)

The soundtracks both feature back surround encoding. Like other Anchor Bay remasters, this new sound mix is impressive in terms of dimensional engagement. The music nicely and convincingly encircles the listener, and atmospheric effects make for a welcome and pleasing sense of expansion. The back surround channel serves convincingly in imparting an enhanced sense of spaciousness behind the listener. Also quite notable is the presence of deep bass extension, incorporated as part of the soundtrack repurposing, and with some .1 LFE utilization. Of course the dated production of the original audio means that fidelity will be limited, particularly with voices. Still, this is a remarkable remastering effort that uses dimension to its advantage. The DTS-ES