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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Lucas Black, Brian Geraghty, Jacob Vargas, Laz Alonso, Evan Jones, Ivan Fenyo, Chris Cooper, Dennis Haysbert, Scott MacDonald & Jamie Foxx

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: NR
DD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include six minutes of Swoff's Fantasies (in four chapters: D.I. In A Dress, Fantasy Interview, Exploding Major, and Swoff's Kill) with optional audio commentary with director Sam Mendes and editor Walter Murch, 16 minutes of News Interviews In Full with optional commentary by Mendes and Murch, 11 deleted scenes with optional Mendes and Murch commentary, and the option to watch with film with commentary by Mendes, or with screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. and author Anthony Swofford.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 27842
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For pervasive language, some violent images, and strong sexual content
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(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): 03/07/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sam Mendes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Following in the footsteps of his father and his father's father, Tony Swofford (Gyllenhaal) enlists in the United States Marine Corp

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a bright, nicely contrasted picture. Considering a slight desaturation to give the picture a dry appearance that is complementary to the Middle-Eastern desert, colors are generally natural and well balanced. Images are sharp and nicely detailed overall. The picture is quite clean and solid, with little in the way of bothersome pixelization, and no edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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