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Street Kings

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 135 (Oct 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Cedric "The Entertainer" Kyles, Jay Mohr, Terry Crews, Naomie Harris, Common, The Game & Martha Higareda

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include an audio commentary track by Director David Ayer; 15 deleted scenes, available with optional commentary; ten alternate scenes; the following featurettes: Street Rules: Rolling With David Ayer And Jamie Fitzsimons (17 minutes), LA B

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 225750
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong violence and pervasive language
(Retail Price): $34.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(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): 08/19/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Ayer
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Story Synopsis:
Detective Tom Ludlow (Reeves), suffering from depression after the death of his wife, is dealt another low-blow when his partner Detective Terrance Washington (Crews) is killed by a couple of gang members. Ludlow has been known to deal a bit of Street justice and is determined to find the perpetrators who've brutally murdered his friend and partner. But when Ludlow comes face to face with the Kings of violence, he must choose between upholding the law and seeking vengeance for his friend's life. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
While there is some noise noticeable in the darker scenes, that really is the only artifact in the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD. Resolution is nicely presented, and while there are rarely bright colors in the picture, what are there are nicely saturated with good balance. Contrast is defined well, and shadow delineation is commendable. Black levels are slightly elevated, and fleshtones can appear pallid during daytime, outdoor scenes. At night, fleshtones appear too yellow as well. (Danny Richelieu)

The LFE channel is used often for both music and effects in the Dolby