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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 129 (Mar 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Strong, Benedict Wong & Michelle Yeoh

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
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; two commentary tracks: one by Director Danny Boyle, the second by Dr. Brian Cox, University Of Manchester; nine deleted scenes with an optional commentary track by Boyle; six more deleted scenes without optional commentary; a 23-part featurette Web Production Diaries (47 minutes); two short films: Dad's Dead (eight minutes) and Mole Hills (seven minutes); and the original theatrical trailer for this film.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2244458
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For violent content and language
(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): 107
(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): 01/08/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Danny Boyle
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set in the year 2057, our sun is dying. Without Sunshine mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope lay with a crew of eight courageous men and women who are on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. On their voyage, the crew lose radio contact with Earth, and their mission begins to unravel, placing them and humankind in peril. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD exhibits a somewhat hazy picture, with less-than-stellar black levels indoors and images generally looking like they have a film covering them. The black of space is generally better rendered. Fine details can be delivered nicely, but there are times when compression artifacts can damage that aspect. Edge enhancement is not problematic, and rarely is even visible. (Danny Richelieu)

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