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Ruins, The

Genre: Horror

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

Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey & Joe Anderson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by Director Carter Smith and Editor Jeff Betancourt; the following featurettes: Making The Ruins (14 minutes), Creeping Death (15 minutes), and Building The Ruins (six minutes); four deleted scenes available with director's commentary; an alternate ending; the original theatrical trailer; and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13858
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(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): 07/08/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Carter Smith
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After his brother goes missing amid some Mayan Ruins close to Cancun, Mexico, German tourist Mathias (Anderson) sets off to find him with a set of newfound friends. With only a hastily drawn map to guide them, the group soon finds they are ill prepared for what lay ahead

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 exhibits good sharpness, with fine textures resolved well. Black levels are deep and shadows are delineated well. Fleshtones appear too contrasted, and contrast in general is overly hot. The color scheme is overly bright, and colors are generally desaturated. Edge enhancement is noticeable throughout. (Danny Richelieu)