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Helen Of Troy
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 78 (Nov 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Sienna Guillory, Matthew Marsden, John Rhys-Davies, Maryam D'Abo, Emilia Fox, James Callis, Katie Blake, Daniel LaPaine, Rufus Sewell & Stellan Skarsg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
An annoying up-front ad can be passed only by scanning. This USA Network television movie is spread over two discs, and Disc One also includes a 20-minute making-of featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22457
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 175
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 08/12/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Kent Harrison
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After first seeing each other through visions, the beautiful Helen (Guillory) and a shepherd turned Trojan prince, Paris (Marsden), were intrigued by what they saw. Unhappily married to Menelaus (Callis), King of Sparta, Helen fell deeply in love with the young prince and the two of them ran off to Troy where Paris

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture with a nicely detailed picture with a period-appropriate soft, smooth appearance. Contrast and shadow delineation are well-balanced. Colors can be quite natural, with satisfying fleshtones, pleasing saturation, and deep blacks. There is little in the way of edge enhancement, with only a few scenes exhibiting bothersome amounts of the distraction, but a fine detail breakup caused by smearing and pixelization is sometimes apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 soundtracks sound rather remarkable, considering that they were originally produced for television. There