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Southland Tales
Genre: Science Fiction

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

Dwayne Johnson, Sean William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Curtis Armstrong, Joe Campana, Nora Dunn, Michele Durrett, Beth Grant, Wood Harris, Christopher Lambert, John Larroquette, Bai Ling, Jon Lovitz, Mandy Moore, Holmes Osbourne, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Lou Taylor Pucci, Miranda Richardson, Jill Ritchie, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sasso, Wallace Shawn, Sab Shimono, Kevin Smith, Justin Timberlake & Lisa K. Wyatt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a featurette USIDent TV: Surveilling The Southland (34 minutes), an animated short This Is The Way The World Ends (nine minutes), and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 18283
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language, violence, sexual material and some drug content
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 144
(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): 03/18/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Kelly
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the year 2005 a nuclear attack destroys a portion of West Texas, and just three years later the U.S. is virtually a police state, with the government assuming control of almost every aspect of its citizens

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD shows decent resolution, although the finest details are somewhat smeared. Color fidelity is generally good, though, and fleshtones look natural. The image can look somewhat hazy, and bright whites can occasionally bloom. Black levels aren

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