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Lapis Exillis

Genre: Documentary

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

Narrated by Gerald Winstanley

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
No special features are included on this documentary.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Firestone Documentary
(Catalog Number): FP01
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $19.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/05/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gavin Wince
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Shugborough Hall monument has an engraved inscription that has puzzled the best cryptographers for centuries. But now, a man named Louis Buff Parry has discovered the truth behind the code buried within thousands of years of secret societies and inside hidden messages within religious iconography. Award-winning Director Gavin Wince follows the Lapis Exillis around Europe, exploring these secrets and how they affect our everyday lives. (Nate Fowler)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD shows many of the problems that plague documentaries, with flitting color balance that can deliver natural fleshtones or very pallid fleshtones. Contrast is slightly washed-out, with whites that can bloom. Details are fairly nicely rendered, but limitations in the source element generally lead to a somewhat soft image. Compression artifacts are rare, but edges can appear digitized at times with some stair-stepping and shimmering noticeable. Edge enhancement can also be noticed on higher contrast transitions. (Danny Richelieu)

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