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In Bruges

Genre: Dark Comedy

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

Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy, Jeremie Renier, Thekla Reuten, Jordan Prentice & Zeljkio Ivanek

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
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 18 minutes of deleted or extended scenes; a gag reel; the following featurettes: When In Bruges (14 minutes), Strange Bruges (seven minutes), A Boat Trip Around Bruges (six minutes), and F**king Bruges (two minutes); and up-front previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 62102023
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use.
(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): 06/24/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin McDonagh
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Story Synopsis:
When a hit in London goes terribly awry Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson), two Irish assassins, are instructed to go lay low In Bruges Belgium. Whilst on the lam in one of Europe's most picturesque medieval cities, the two accidental tourists encounter an American dwarf on horse tranquilizers, a hot drug-dealing girl who rips off tourists on occasion, and one very angry crime boss looking to settle a score. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD delivers nicely rendered shadow detail and solid black levels, but fleshtones can look greenish and sickly. The color scheme is rather cold, and colors are desaturated. The image can also look somewhat washed out, but details are captured and delivered well. Resolution is quite good, with fine details delivered well. Edge enhancement is not a major distraction, but shimmering and crawling artifacts can be distracting. (Danny Richelieu)

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