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Children Of Men
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 120 (May 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan & Michael Caine

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include two minutes of deleted scenes, the 27-minute The Possibility Of Hope documentary, Children Of Men comments by Slavoj Zizek in six minutes, the eight-minute Under Attack featurette, the nine-minute Theo & Julian Futuristic Design featurette, the three-minute Visual Effects: Creating The Baby featurette, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 61032513
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For strong violence, language, some drug use, and brief nudity
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/27/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alfonso Cuar
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the year 2027, the world has gone to hell in a handbasket: women are no longer able to give birth, and anarchy has spread across the entire planet. In their failing attempt to save some civility, the British government has locked down the country, imprisoning and deporting all immigrants. So, when Theo Faron (Owen) is approached by his freedom-fighting ex-wife (Moore) to arrange for transit papers for a young foreign woman (Ashitey), it is unexpected that he finds himself on a mission to save the Children Of Men. Based on the book by P.D. James. (Danny Richelieu)

DVD Picture:
The gritty, anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits an undersaturated color scheme that matches the storytelling well. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is very good, but there are scenes that can look overly contrasted, with whites that are too blown out. Details are resolved well, but pixilization can mar the finer details at times. Still, for the most part, fine textures are sharp and natural. Edge enhancement is minor, but occasionally noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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