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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Josh Gad, Sam Golzari, Laurence Fishburne & Kevin Spacey

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include a filmmaker commentary track and previews. Disc Two contains the following featurettes: The Advantage Player (six minutes), Basic Strategy: A Complete Film Journal (25 minutes), and Money Plays: A Tour Of The Good Life (seven minutes). There is also a bonus digital copy of the movie for your PC, PSP, or PlayStation

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 21455
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity
(Retail Price): $34.95
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/22/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Luketic
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
What is Ben Campbell (Sturgess) to do? He is a brilliant student at M.I.T. in Boston and wishes to continue his education at Harvard Medical School in hopes of becoming a doctor. The problem is that Ben is from a working-class family who cannot afford to help him with the $300,000 tuition it will take to complete his education. The answer for the shy student is in the cards

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD shows slightly elevated black levels and crushing in the near-black shadows. Fleshtones also appear plugged up, with little differentiation between different hues. Highlights, especially in flesh, are overly contrasted, but colors are generally saturated well. Details are smeared, and compression artifacts are noticeable. Edge enhancement can also be recognized, but it isn