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K-19: The Widowmaker
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard & Joss Ackland

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Kathryn Bigelow and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, four featurettes: the 20-minute "Making-Of K-19: The Widowmaker," the five-minute "Exploring The Craft: Make-Up Techniques," the five-minute "Breaching The Hull," and the 12-minute "It

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34021
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Disturbing images
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 138
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/10/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kathryn Bigelow
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Get off my sub! Based on true events, "K-19: The Widowmaker" follows the heroism of Captain Alexi Vostrikov (Ford) who, at the height of the Cold War, is ordered to take command of the nuclear missile submarine K-19, away from its original commander, Captain Mikhail Polenin (Neeson). Vostrikov

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture opens with a cold gray atmosphere that sets the pace for the Cold War storytelling. As would be expected, the interiors of the sub are dim, but shadow delineation and contrast are nicely balanced for these scenes. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, though some of the darker images (like the dark uniforms on a cluster of soldiers) lack texture and definition. A few artifacts and minor film grain are inherent in the source element. Edge enhancement can be a problem with this title and is not only reserved for high-contrast scenes. (Suzanne Hodges)

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