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Vantage Point
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Bruce McGill, Edgar Ramirez, Said Taghmaoui, Ayelet Zurer, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver & William Hurt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include a commentary track by Director Pete Travis; the following featurettes: An Inside Perspective (27 minutes), Plotting An Assassination (16 minutes), Surveillance Tapes (one minute), and Coordinating Chaos (eight minutes); and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 21616
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/01/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Pete Travis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Thomas Barnes (Quaid) and his partner Kent Taylor (Fox) are Secret Service Agents in charge of protecting President Ashton (Hurt) while he attends a global summit on terrorism in Salamanca, Spain. Soon after the President takes the stage, he is hit twice by an unknown assassin's bullet. It is with the help of a videotape of the event that an American tourist named Howard Lewis (Whitaker) has taken that Agent Barnes is given a clue as to who the shooter may be. With several people having witnessed the event, each with a different Vantage Point, the Secret Service are hot on the heels of the would-be assassin. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD shows inconsistent resolution, occasionally looking sharp and detailed, while often looking soft. Similarly, black levels are often deep, but are noticeably elevated at times. Colors are subtly desaturated. Fleshtones have a pinkish hue, but look fairly natural. Contrast is balanced well, and subtle changes in even the darkest shadows are rendered nicely. Edge enhancement is noticeable throughout, though, and compression artifacts can be recognized frequently. (Danny Richelieu)