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Skulls II, The
Genre: Thriller

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

Robin Dunne, Nathan West, Ashley Lyn Cafagna, Lindy Booth & Christopher Ralph

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes an 11-minute making-of featurette and biographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21490
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Brief nudity
(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): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 04/09/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joe Chappelle
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Story Synopsis:

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits images that are generally sharp and nicely detailed. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Many scenes are saturated in a warm golden hue. Contrast and shadow delineation appear to be well balanced. Though not always present, there is evidence of edge enhancement, which can be distracting. Pixelization is also noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

The multichannel sound mix features a lively, enveloping soundstage with music and atmospheric effects that nicely fill the listening space. The surrounds are typically gentle to moderate in nature, serving to impart the effective element of immersion. The recording of the sound mix is quite impressive, and is often focused around the dialogue. Voices seem abundantly natural with compelling spatial consistency. The low-end is satisfying for the music without being particularly distinguished. The DTS