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Rescue Dawn
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Christian Bale, Steve Zahn & Jeremy Davies

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features include an option to view the film with commentary by Director Werner Herzog and Interviewer Norman Hill; The Making Of A True Story, which can be watched in its entirety or in the following individual featurettes: Unfinished Business: Telling Dieter

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): M109357
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For some sequences of intense war violence
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(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): 11/20/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Werner Herzog
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In 1965, an American pilot was shot down over Laos while conducting a top-secret bombing mission. The pilot, Dieter Dengler (Bale), was taken to a hellish prison camp inside the impenetrable jungles of Vietnam, where he was tortured and held captive. Realizing the chances of a Rescue at Dawn by the U.S. military as slim to none, Dieter and his fellow captives stage a death-defying escape attempt. Inspired by the true events in the life of Dieter Dengler. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
With the lush greens of the forest rendered beautifully, the anamorphically enhanced 1.84:1 DVD can deliver a very natural-looking picture. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is good, helping create an image that has a good sense of depth into the screen. The picture shows good resolution, with fine nuances in textures delivered fairly well. Edge enhancement is minor and generally does not become a distraction while viewing. Shimmering and pixel breakup can also be noticed. (Danny Richelieu)

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