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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

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

William H. Macy, Jeffrey Combs, Dule' Hill, Russell Hornsby, Bai Ling, Joe Mantegna, Debi Mazar, Rebecca Pidgeon, Denise Richards, Lionel Mark Smith, Mena Suvari, Marcus Thomas, Jack Wallace, Dylan Walsh, George Wendt, Bokeem Woodbine & Julia Stiles

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include two commentaries: the first with Director Stuart Gordon and the second with David Mamet, almost seven minutes of deleted scenes complete with a time code, an 11-minute behind-the-scenes look, the theatrical trailer, and some previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Vivendi Visual Entertainment
(Catalog Number): F10169DVD
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For violence, strong language, and sexual content including nudity and dialogue
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(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): 10/03/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stuart Gordon
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Oh, Edmond (Macy), what have you done? An innocent after-work stop at a fortune-teller sends his orderly world spinning out of control. Visiting bars, strip clubs, brothels, and all the sinister offerings the city has, along with all of the colorful characters, he finds violence he never imagined. Based on David Mamet

DVD Picture:
While colors can be richly saturated, the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture has hazy glow to it that washes out the black levels. Minor edge enhancement can be distracting at times, although it really is only apparent on high-contrast edges. Still, details are well rendered, which is the standout of this release. Minor pixilation is noticeable at times, and source element artifacts are sputtered throughout. (Danny Richelieu)

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