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WSR Detailed DVD Review
China Syndrome, The

Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 91 (Dec 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon & Michael Douglas

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features include the 28-minute A Fusion Of Talent featurette, the 30-minute Creating A Controversy featurette, three deleted scenes, and filmographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 06708
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1978
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/26/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): James Bridges
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The China Syndrome is a tense thriller about an attempted cover-up of an accident at a nuclear power plant. TV news reporter Kimberly Wells (Fonda) is at the plant with maverick cameraman Richard Adams (Douglas) when the incident occurs, but their excitement soon turns to frustration when television executives refuse to air the piece. Jack Lemmon is at his best playing Joack Godell, a dedicated power plant supervisor. Nominated for four Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture appears to be virtually identical to the previously released DVD (Issue 33), if a little bit cleaner. Sharpness and detail are satisfying, with nicely rendered textures. Contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. The color scheme is generally pleasing, but definitely dates the movie with the mustard yellows, chocolate browns, and the occasional

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