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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 72 (May 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Kate Burton, Clayne Crawford, Jason Ritter & Dan Hedaya

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Both sides of the DVD include audio commentary by director John Polson and actors Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen, while the widescreen side also offers 10 deleted or extended scenes with optional commentary. The full screen side adds a 10-minute Girlfriend From Hell featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2006907
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Mature thematic elements, sexual content, disturbing images and language
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(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): 03/11/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Polson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
High school senior Ben Cronin (Bradford) seems to have it all

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a very satisfying picture that is sharp and detailed into backgrounds, with nicely rendered textures. Colors are well balanced, with especially bold blues, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation exhibit perfect balance for appropriately bright scenes, as well as those requiring a darker image for heightened suspense. There are times when pixelization causes the breakup of finer details, but edge enhancement is rarely a problem. (Suzanne Hodges) A modified 1.33:1 (4:3) version (not reviewed) is included on the disc's flip side.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is abundant in terms of spatial engagement. The sense of atmosphere is rather compelling throughout. Voices sound slightly forward in the mix, which affects their natural tonal and spatial presence. The music seems to be the predominant multichannel element, sometimes prominently filling the surrounds. Fidelity overall is very good. Deep bass is rather notable with the music, albeit without the LFE channel being a factor. (Perry Sun)