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Genre: Thriller

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

Martin Donovan, Joanna Going, Patrick Malahide, Richard Schiff, Karl Urban, Danny Edwards

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 18154
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for vicious, bloody violence including rape, pervasive strong language, and sexuality/nudity.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1998
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/09/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Scott Reynolds
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Chad Taylor, Heaven stars Martin Donovan as Robert Marling, an architect who is on the verge of losing his wife (Going) and son (Michael Langley) due to his out-of-control gambling and drinking. When he helps a friend remodel a nightclub, he meets Heaven (Edwards), a transsexual stripper who is haunted by frightening visions of the future that (s)he shares with Robert as well as with his/her therapist. The therapist is also treating Robert and uses his/her premonitions to manipulate Robert and his wife.

DVD Picture:
Viewed through the component video output, the non-anamorphic DVD exhibits fully saturated, naturally rendered colors with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep, pure blacks. Images are sharp with nicely rendered detail and definition. Contrast and shadow delineation are pleasant, with good visual information in the darker scenes. The picture is stylized with various filtered colors, but the 2.35:1 picture somewhat lacks natural clarity, and minor artifacts and aliasing problems are apparent.

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