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Red Dawn

Collector's Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 123 (Sept 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
The single special feature on Disc One is a Carnage Counter. A what? For you mathematicians with a flare for the gore, the Carnage Counter will keep a tally of violent acts throughout the film. Nice. On Disc Two, you can find four featurettes: Red Dawn Rising at 23 minutes, Building The Red Menace at ten minutes, the ten-minute Training For WW III, and WW III Comes To Town in 13 minutes; and some trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): M108131
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/17/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Milius
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Red Dawn is the hypothetical situation of a communist invasion of the United States. The absurd story is about eight teenagers who escape to a mountainous area in Colorado seeking refuge as their small mid-western town is occupied by foreign nationals. In disparity, the youth wage a guerrilla attack in defense of their families and their community. Red Dawn is noted for being the first movie given the PG-13 rating.

DVD Picture:
This anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD is a marked improvement over the previous release (Issue 30), with a noticeable improvement in resolution and more natural color fidelity. Still, images can be soft and shadow delineation isn

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