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National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (National Treasure 2)

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 133 (Jul/Aug 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Bruce Greenwood & Helen Mirren

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One of this two-disc set include commentary by Director John Turteltaub and Actor Jon Voight and previews. On Disc Two there are five deleted scenes; five minutes of bloopers and outtakes; the following featurettes: Secrets Of A Sequel (seven minutes), The Book Of Secrets On Location (ten minutes), Street Stunts: Creating The London Chase (ten minutes), Underground Action (seven minutes), Evolution Of A Golden City (ten minutes), Knights Of The Golden Circle (three minutes), Cover Story: Crafting The Presidents' Book (five minutes), and Inside The Library Of Congress (nine minutes); and an easter egg.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 57249
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For some violence and action
(Retail Price): $34.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(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): 05/20/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jon Turteltaub
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary emerges implicating treasure-hunter Ben Gates' (Cage) great-great grandfather as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, he is determined to debunk the theory. Ben finds he must gain access to a National Treasure known as The Book Of Secrets that is rumored to contain the answers to everything from the mystery surrounding Ben's great-great grandfather to who killed J.F.K. But the book proves as elusive as the truth, when the only man that has access to it

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD shows nicely resolved details, especially in the shadows. The picture can appear somewhat soft at times, but the sense of depth created by the good contrast and nicely rendered near-black detail is palpable. The color scheme is slightly cool, and colors can appear desaturated, but it is obviously a conscious decision made by the filmmakers. Black levels are generally deep, but they are slightly elevated in the darker scenes. Fine film grain doesn

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