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Swarm, The
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 65 (Oct 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia De Havilland, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, Jose Ferrer, Patty Duke Astin, Slim Pickens, Bradford Dillman, Fred MacMurray & Henry Fonda

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes the unrated 155-minute international cut of the film, the

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12613
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(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): 155
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1978
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/06/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Irwin Allen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When swarms of killer bees migrate to the United States from Africa and South America, General Slater (Widmark) calls on Dr. Bradford Crane (Caine) for his help. The entomologist has been tracking the insects and claims that they have potent venom that is capable of killing millions. As the bees begin to wreak havoc on the country, Crane does his best to stay one step ahead of

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is quite pleasing for the age of the film. Colors are nicely balanced and can be bright and vibrant. Images are nicely sharp and detailed, with good contrast and shadow delineation. Viewed in a completely blackened room, the darkest scenes exhibit pleasing shadow delineation. The dated appearance of the picture is occasionally amplified by film grain and artifacts inherent in the source element, but otherwise the picture is quite clean. (Suzanne Hodges)

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