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Cars That Ate Paris, The
Genre: Horror Comedy

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

John Meillon & Terry Camilleri

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes the 77-minute suspense-thriller "The Plumber" (also directed by Peter Weir), new interviews with Peter Weir regarding "The Cars That Ate Paris" and "The Plumber," as well as trailers for both movies. There is also a booklet included in the packaging.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Home Vision Entertainment
(Catalog Number): CAR 410
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1974
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/21/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Weir
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Paris, Australia is a strange place, and anyone who drives through it finds out soon enough. Car accidents happen a bit too often and are usually met with fatal results. Arthur (Camilleri), however, is one of the few that survive his accident, but after spending a small amount of time in Paris with the town

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits nicely restored images that, while dated, appear sharp and nicely detailed. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. The darker scenes are often presented in a bluish hue with limited contrast. Viewers sensitive to edge enhancement will notice its distraction at times. There are some minor defects in the source element, which is otherwise clean. Overall, for the age of this film, the picture looks quite good. (Suzanne Hodges)

Despite the indication on the DVD cover that the audio is mono, there is actually very feeble and subtle stereo content for this Dolby