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Bird With The Crystal Plumage, The (L

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 40 (July/Aug 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Mario Adorf

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes cast and crew biographies, the theatrical trailer, the original soundtrack and information on the Dario Argento Web site

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): VCI Home Video
(Catalog Number): 8202
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1970
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/16/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Dario Argento
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is an edge-of-your-seat

DVD Picture:
Though sourced from a print, the dated picture is quite solid due to the anamorphic transfer. Viewed in component video, colors are rich with deep blacks, but fleshtones are slightly unnatural. The picture is dated throughout, with images sometimes appearing very soft and wanting in clarity, though images sometimes appear sharp. Print scratches, artifacts and film grain are apparent throughout. The imagery would be unacceptable on DVD without the anamorphic transfer. The anamorphic and letterbox aspect ratio measures 2.20:1.

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