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Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

David Bowie & Jennifer Connelly With Creatures Performed By David Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Karen Prell, Ron Mueck, Kevin Clash, Shari Weiser, Anthony Asbury, Brian Henson, Frank Oz

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00872
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1986
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jim Henson
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Story Synopsis:
Dance Magic, Dance! Jim Henson

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced Superbit 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a slightly cleaner picture than the previously released DVD, though images have a slightly dated appearance. Images are sharp and nicely detailed into backgrounds, though some scenes can be softly focused. Some film grain is inherent in the source element. Edge enhancement is still apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 sound mix for this DVD is a new remastering. Fidelity is noticeably dated, but the restoration of the original audio is nonetheless remarkable. Tonality sounds nicely balanced overall, and the dialogue is abundantly clear and distinct. The sense of spatiality is quite palpable throughout, albeit with usually a balance toward the screen channels. The soundstage does become enlivened, though with active stereo surround engagement. Also part of the soundtrack remastering is the apparent enhancement of the low-end with active, even aggressive use of the LFE channel. The DTS Digital Surround version is preferred in terms of the rendering of dimension and the low frequencies. This is a nice soundtrack repurposing that should amply entertain through the effective presentation of surround sound. (Perry Sun)

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