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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Ricardo Montalban, Holland Taylor, Mike Judge, Matt O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes the movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, audio commentary by writer/director/cinematographer/composer/editor/producer Robert Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 32946
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Action sequences and peril
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 82 (2-D) & 84 (3-D)
(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): 02/24/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Rodriguez
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Spy Kids are back for a third adventure, this time in 3-D with "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over." When Carmen (Vega) is kidnaped by the villainous Toymaker (Stallone), she is placed into a virtual reality game (which provides the source of the 3-D sequences). It

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture (for both editions) exhibits satisfying HD-originated images that serve the storytelling quite nicely. Colors are richly saturated, with vibrant hues (especially in the game sequences for "Spy Kids 3"), well balanced fleshtones, and deep blacks. Clarity can be a bit wanting, however, with some scenes appearing unnaturally pasty. Images can seem a bit soft at times, but details are nicely rendered. Edge enhancement can also be a problem. Some details are noticed shimmering at times, but there is minimal breakup from pixelization. The three-dimensional effects in "Spy Kids 3-D" appear to be quite effective (four sets of glasses are included with the DVD), with some exciting stomach-dropping sequences. Whichever version of the movie you choose to watch with your family, the experience is quite satisfying. (Suzanne Hodges)

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