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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Kudrow, Josh Lucas, Tim Blake Nelson, Dylan McDermott, Christina Applegate, Eric Bogosian, Carrie Fisher, Franky G., MC Gainey, Janeane Garofalo, Ted Levine, Faizon Love & Natasha Gregson Wagner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include brief interviews with Val Kilmer, Josh Lucas, Tim Blake Nelson, and Eric Bogosian about playing their characters; seven deleted scenes; an all-too-brief six-minute Court TV expos

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LG1134D
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong violence/grisly images, pervasive drug use and language and some sexuality/nudity
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(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): 02/10/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): James Cox
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In this disturbing film revolving around sex and drugs, Val Kilmer stars as porn king John Holmes. When four people were found brutally murdered on Wonderland Avenue in Hollywood, the police believed that Holmes was somehow involved in the deaths, if not responsible for them himself. With the help of David Lind (McDermott), business partner to one of the victims, the state went after John Holmes and nightclub owner Eddie Nash (Bogosian) in an attempt to bring justice to the dead. If you watch closely, you might catch a glimpse of superstar heiress Paris Hilton. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture has a visually edgy appearance with scenes that creatively fade into grimey newspaper clippings, others that are awash in warm yellow overtones, and lots of multi-screen sequences. There is often a gritty texture to the picture. Sharpness and detail are nicely rendered, though the picture intentionally lacks a slick, clean appearance to support the subject matter. Some pixelization is noticed at times, but edge enhancement is not a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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