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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Foreign

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

Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen, Gilbert Melki & Serge Riaboukine

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features are limited to up-front previews, a making-of featurette (27 minutes), and additional previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 18377
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and some sexual content
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/20/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Luc Besson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Andre (Debbouze) is a down-and-out gambler who decides to end it all by jumping into the Siene, but instead he ends up rescuing a leggy blonde (Rasmussen) named Angel-A. Filled with a renewed passion for life, Andre and his mysterious companion wander the city of light, settling Andre

DVD Picture:
The black-and-white, anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD shows fairly good black levels and good shadow delineation, but with fairly soft-looking details, it does not have the level of depth and dimensionality that the best black-and-white presentations provide. Contrast is underdeveloped, with a dim brightness that also limits the naturalness of the picture. Edge enhancement is noticeable throughout. (Danny Richelieu)

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