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An American Haunting
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 114 (Nov 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, James D'Arcy & Rachel Hurd-Wood

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a 16-minute video commentary with Director Courtney Solomon, five deleted scenes and five alternate scenes, four Internet promos, a four-minute interview with Sissy Spacek, and some previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 20348
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
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(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 83
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/24/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Courtney Solomon
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The year: 1818. The location: Red River, Tennessee. The victim: youngest Bell daughter. The accused: Evil spirit. Based on recorded history, An American Haunting (based upon the novel by Brent Monahan) tells a tale of fear, mayhem, and unanswered prayers that result in murderous consequences. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
While the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture can exhibit crisp details and well-rendered colors, shadow delineation is not impressive, limiting detail in the dark scenes. Occasionally the image can look smeared, and source element artifacts and minor edge enhancement can become a distraction. (Danny Richelieu)

With each of the available channels incorporated well in the Dolby