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WSR Detailed DVD Review
2002 Special Edition
Genre: Horror Comedy

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

Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain & Judge Reinhold

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes biographies and filmographies; audio commentary with director Joe Dante, producer Michael Finnell, and special effects artist Chris Walas; a second commentary track with Dante, and actors Phoebe Cates, Zach Galligan, Dick Miller, and Howie Mandel; production notes, 10 minutes of additional scenes with optional commentary, photo gallery, and a six-minute featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22826
(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): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/20/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joe Dante
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When young Billy Peltzer (Galligan) takes possession of his cuddly new pet Gizmo, he is fully aware of the rules that must be observed

DVD Picture:
While the jacket boasts an all-new digital transfer, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture appears to be the same transfer as the DVD released in 2001. However, when compared to the 1997 DVD, the picture exhibits more fully saturated colors and better compression for a slightly smoother image. Images are slightly soft and detail can seem a bit lacking. Contrast seems a bit low at times, and visual information is limited in the darkest scenes. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Edge enhancement and pixelization are noticed. The source element is revealing of some scratches and dirt. (Suzanne Hodges)

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