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Bloody Sunday
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 73 (June 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Gerard McSorley & Kathy Keira Clarke

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 an audio commentary track by writer/director Paul Greengrass and actor James Nesbitt, an additional commentary track by co-producer and writer of the original book Don Mullan, a 13-minute History Retold featurette, and the seven-minute Ivan Cooper Remembers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34129
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For violence and language.
(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): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/22/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul Greengrass
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After getting nothing but excuses and curfews from the British government who had promised reform, a group headed by Ivan Cooper (Nesbitt) decided to hold a peaceful march in Derry, Northern Ireland. Claiming that Catholics in the north were suffering from discrimination and protesting the single most important issue that cut to the very core of their civil rights - mass internment without trial, the group began their march on January 30, 1972. When a group of British soldiers opened fire on the unarmed, peaceful civilian demonstrators, they killed 13 people and injured many others, and the day became known as "Bloody Sunday." Two days later an inquiry was held, and according to British officials the march was illegal and the soldiers were found not guilty of shooting the civilians in cold blood. None of them were ever disciplined. The events of that day continue to affect the peace process in Ireland today. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that has a gritty texture - helping to convey a dated appearance - provided by film grain inherent in the source element. Images are generally soft with limited fine detail and definition. Contrast seems a bit low at times. The handheld camerawork can be a bit dizzying for those viewing with larger home theatre displays. Pixelization can cause a bit of image breakup, but there is no bothersome edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

There are two Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio tracks, one for the original U.K. version and another which was for the domestic release. Both essentially sound similar, with the exception of the U.S. version having a slightly more prominent presence in the dialogue. Generally, there