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Name Of The Rose, The
Genre: Mystery Suspense

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

Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Elya Baskin, Feodor Chaliapin, Jr., William Hickey, Michael Lonsdale, Ron Perlman, Volker Predhtel, Helmut Qualtinger, Valentina Vargas & Christian Slater

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes commentary by director Jean-Jaques Annaud, a vintage 43-minute German language making-of documentary, a 16-minute Photo Video Journey with Annaud, and a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 37465
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(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): 1986
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/06/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jean-Jacques Annaud
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Name Of The Rose, based on the novel by Italian literary great Umberto Eco, is an eerie tale of murder set in the medieval era amidst an isolated Northern Italian monetary. Two monks have been found brutally killed; the deaths being either the works of some evil spirit, or a vicious murderer from inside the holy community. (Gary Reber)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is often dark in nature, but shadow delineation for this title is relatively adequate. The picture, which is is surprisingly solid at times, exhibits satisfying sharpness, though contrast can seem limited. The color palette is limited to cold blues and grays with endless blacks, though warmth is provided by firelight. There is a bit of edge enhancement noticed in higher contrasted scenes that is likely to distract some viewers, but its presence throughout is minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)

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