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There Will Be Blood
Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 131 (May 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciaran Hinds & Dillon Freasier

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
The only special features on Disc One of this two-disc set are up-front previews. Disc Two includes a 26-minute silent featurette The Story Of Petroleum; 15 Minutes, which is a slide show of vintage photos; three deleted scenes; a theatrical teaser; and the theatrical trailer for this film.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13257
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For some violence.
(Retail Price): $39.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 158
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/08/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul Thomas Anderson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the late 19th century, Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis), a miner, discovers oil in his tapped-out silver mine. An explosion occurs at the oil rig, killing one of Daniel's workers, a single father. Daniel adopts the orphaned baby boy named H.W. (Freasier). When a young evangelical preacher named Paul Sunday (Dano) approaches Daniel about his family's ranch in California that reportedly has an ocean of oil underneath it, Daniel moves his small family to California. Once there, Daniel negotiates the mining rights for Sunday's ranch and hits a huge reserve of petroleum. But drilling for oil is a competitive and dangerous business, and There Will Be Blood on Daniel's hands before he is able to pump the ranch dry. Based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! There Will Be Blood won an Academy Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role and Best Cinematography. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.36:1 DVD shows solid resolution, with fine details delivered fairly well, and deep black levels. Shadow delineation is nicely rendered, as details in the shadows are readily apparent. Color fidelity is quite good, and fleshtones have a natural hue. Edge enhancement is relatively minor, and rarely becomes distracting, but pixel breakup can be noticed from to time, as can noticeable shimmering. (Danny Richelieu)

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