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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Horror

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

Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Elena Harring & Jackie Burroughs

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N6419
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Terror/violence, somesexual content and language
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/07/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Glen Morgan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Willard" is not a movie for musophobics. If you are one, you will know that you have a fear of rats. Based on a screenplay by Gilbert Ralston, this remake of the 1971 cult classic follows a repressed loner Willard Stiles who is ordered by his nagging mother to take care of the rat problem in their basement. But instead, he forges a relationship with the rodents and uses them in a horrifying manner against anyone who crosses his path. But when one rat turns on Willard, a fight of man-against-nature ensues. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits an appropriately dark picture for the subject matter, helping to create a creepy atmosphere for the visuals. At times the picture can be extremely dim, but on a correctly calibrated home theatre display, shadow delineation should provide adequate visual information. Some viewers may have trouble with the darkest scenes if they cannot get their viewing environment completely blackened. Colors are nicely rendered, with accurate fleshtones and the deepest blacks. The brighter scenes reveal a sickly green office environment at Willard

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