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In The Valley Of Elah

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 130 (Apr 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, James Franco, Jonathan Tucker, Frances Fisher, Josh Brolin & Susan Sarandon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a two-part 43-minute In The Valley Of Elah documentary, one deleted scene, and up-front previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1000026357
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violent and disturbing content, language and some sexuality and nudity
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(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): 02/19/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul Haggis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In The Valley Of Elah, a young soldier goes missing from a military base in New Mexico after returning from his tour of duty in Iraq. Hank Deerfield (Jones), a retired military policeman, is suspicious of his son

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.37:1 DVD shows a washed-up image, with blown-out colors that also look under-saturated when outdoors. Indoors colors can look more natural, but not always. There are also times at night when colors are fairly natural-looking. Fleshtones generally look pallid. Resolution is good, with fine textures that can look sharp and detailed. Black levels are relatively high, but shadow delineation is adequate. Still, there are times when the image can look overly soft. Pixel breakup and compression artifacts can be recognized from time to time, and, while minor, edge enhancement is noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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