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V.I.P. Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 88 (Sep 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins & Gina Ravera

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1006664
(MPAA Rating): NC17
(Rating Reason):

Rated NC-17 for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence.
(Retail Price): $39.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 131
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/27/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul Verhoeven
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The widely ridiculed NC17-rated flesh opus Showgirls tells the story of young Nomi Malone (Berkley) out to seek her fortune in Las Vegas. But her dreams of showgirl stardom are momentarily sidelined as she pays the bills by lapdancing in an off-the-strip nudie bar. Eventually, Nomi has her shot at a part in the hottest show on the strip and goes about getting it by going after the hotel

DVD Picture:
This new anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD gives the previously released non-anamorphic 2.10:1 DVD (Issue 41) a real lapdance. While there is still a slightly soft quality inherent in the picture, images are much sharper with less smearing. Fortunately, edge enhancement is not a major distraction with this title. However, finer details suffer from a but of pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

There is some very effective sonic presence in all the strip club and hotel showroom performances, but the most obvious problem inherent in this Dolby