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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Arctic Tale

Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 128 (Feb 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Narrated by Queen Latifah

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include up-front previews, the featurettes Making Of Arctic Tale (24 minutes) and Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Polar Bear Spotting (seven minutes), the original theatrical trailer for this film, and additional previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34713
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

For all ages
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/04/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Adam Ravetch & Sarah Robertson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The story of Nanu, a polar bear cub, and Seela, a walrus pup, come to life in Arctic Tale. Set in the beautiful ice-bound Arctic, the two young animals struggle for survival in their harsh surroundings. Armed only with their instincts and their mother

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a gritty texture, and with unconvincing black levels, the imagery can look flat and undefined. Details often look soft, occasionally even looking smeared. Shadow delineation is generally lacking in the near blacks, with details in these portions of the image looking crushed. Colors can be adequately well saturated and natural-looking, and contrast is balanced well. Whites are nicely balanced, showing good detail without noticeable crush and no blooming. Edge enhancement is apparent, and source element and compression artifacts can be recognized throughout. (Danny Richelieu)

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