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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Protector, The
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 118 (Mar 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Tony Jaa

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include feature commentary by Asian Film Expert Bey Logan, a deleted fight scene, a 15-minute featurette No Wires Attached: Making The Protector, a 6-1/2-minute featurette Making Tony Jaa, a 35-minute guided tour with Director Prachya Pinkaew on the Stairwell scene, four martial arts demonstrations by Tony Jaa, a four-minute 8 Limbs Mobisode cell phone video, a promo for The Protector soundtrack, the theatrical trailer, and up-front ads. Disc Two contains the uncut international version of the film (110 minutes long), a 56-minute featurette Making Tom Yum Goong, and three short films from the Take On Tony Jaa Contest Winners.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Weinstein Company
(Catalog Number): 79712
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For pervasive strong violence, and some sexual content
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(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): 01/16/07
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 Credits Information

(Director): Prachya Pinkaew
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Legend has it that Thai kings rode into battle on warrior elephants, deriving their power from the spirit of these mighty creatures. The safety of the elephants was entrusted to a warrior known as the Jaturungkabart

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD has a highly contrasted look, although colors are generally well rendered. Fine details are captured well on close shots, but pixilation and edge enhancement can become distracting. (Danny Richelieu)

The Thai and English language Dolby