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Orfanato, El (Orphanage, The)

Genre: Foreign

Reviewed In Issue 132 (June 2008) Of Widescreen Review®


WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5+
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include the following featurettes: When Laura Grew Up: Constructing The Orphanage (17-1/2 minutes), the five-part Tom

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1000038293
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some distrubing content
(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): 105
(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): 04/22/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): J.A. Bayona
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Story Synopsis:
Laura (Rueda) decides to purchase The Orphanage where she was raised as a child, with hopes of reopening the now-abandoned facility as a home for disabled children. Along with her husband Carlos (Cayo) and young son Simon (Pr

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.33:1 DVD exhibits nicely balanced contrast, but black levels are somewhat elevated, giving the image a haze that causes it to look flat and dimensionless. Shadow delineation is quite good, however, with details in the darkest portions of the screen easy to see. Resolution is also quite good, with fine details resolved nicely. Color fidelity is nicely rendered, and fleshtones look natural. Edge enhancement is not distracting. Compression artifacts are obvious from time to time, but generally the image looks very clean. (Danny Richelieu)

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