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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

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

Stephen Chow, Kitty Zhang, Xu Jiao & Huang Lei

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
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 a commentary rack by cast and crew; the following featurettes: The Story Of CJ7 (13 minutes), Anatomy Of A Scene (seven minutes), How To Bully A Bully (four minutes), How To Make A Lollipop (two minutes), and CJ7 Profiles (seven minutes); a TV special (22 minutes); the orignal theatrical trailer; a game CJ7: Mission Control; and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 25792
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For language, thematic material, some rude humor and brief smoking
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/12/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stephen Chow
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ti (Chow) is a poor construction worker determined to give his beloved son, Dicky (Jiao), every opportunity that he lacked in childhood. Even though Ti can scarcely afford the tuition, he happily makes the sacrifice of sending Dicky to an exclusive private school, hoping the good education will insure a better life for his son. Dicky loves his father, but feels an outcast at school with his second-hand uniforms and sneakers rummaged from the local dump. When Ti is "shopping" for a toy for his son at the local dump, he mistakes an alien called CJ7 for a popular toy. Only after he brings the curious toy home does Ti realize that this toy is not what he believed it to be. Now armed with his fabulous new toy, Dicky sets out to achieve the popularity at school he dreams of. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits nice resolution, with fine details delivered well. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is acceptable. Fleshtones are rendered nicely and bright, bold colors are frequently used. The contrast is somewhat low, but colors are saturated well. Shimmering artifacts and mosquito noise can be recognized at times, but the image is generally clean. Mild edge enhancement can be seen. (Danny Richelieu)