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Happening, The

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 137 (Dec 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo & Betty Buckley

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.0
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 include four deleted/extended scenes available with optional introduction by Director M. Night Shyamalan; five behind-the-scenes featurettes

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2253289
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violent and disturbing images
(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): 90
(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): 10/14/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): M. Night Shyamalan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A puzzling and deadly phenomenon has gripped urban areas of the United States, causing victims to become disoriented, freeze in mid motion, and then take their own lives. When Philadelphia Science Teacher Elliot Moore (Wahlberg) learns what

DVD Picture:
With nicely resolved fine details, the anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD can look quite sharp. Combined with the clean encoding, with relatively few compression artifacts noticeable, it can be an enjoyable picture. Black levels are slightly elevated, though, which is a distraction at times, but shadows are delineated well. Colors are desaturated some, and bright, bold hues are rare. Fleshtones appear natural with good distinction between various shades, but contrast is low. Edge enhancement is noticeable, but not overly distracting. (Danny Richelieu)

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