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Genre: Thriller

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

Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Alexander Siddig, David O'Hara & Malcolm McDowell

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by cast and crew and the following featurettes: Anatomy Of Catastrophe: Civilization On The Brink (17 minutes), The Visual Effects And Wizardry Of Doomsday (nine minutes), and Devices Of Death: Guns, Gadgets And Vehicles Of Destruction (20 minutes).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 62102024
(MPAA Rating): Unrated/R
(Rating Reason):

Strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.
(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): 113/109
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/29/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Neil Marshall
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Story Synopsis:
The highly contagious and lethal "Reaper" virus has returned to the British Isles three decades after an initial epidemic killed many hundreds of thousands of Britons, causing a brutal quarantine to be imposed across the entire country. Now with parts of the country in total chaos, an elite unit of specialists are dispatched to the affected city where the virus has reared its ugly head again, in hopes of finding a cure by any means necessary. With Doomsday on the clear horizon, the crack team of scientists must fight both time and the infected local residents in order to find a way to kill the virus, once and for all. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD shows nicely balanced contrast combined with deep, unwavering blacks and very good shadow delineation. Details in the darkest scenes are always visible. Resolution is very sharp, and while compression artifacts are noticeable at times, the image generally looks clean. The color palette is cool, with dreary hues that match the story well. Colors are consistently desaturated. Fleshtones appear cool at times and natural at others. Occasional dirt from the source element can be noticed, but it does not become a huge distraction, and while edge enhancement can be noticed over high-contrast transitions, it isn


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