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Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 39 (June 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters & Kirsten Dunst

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes two making-of featurettes, two sing alongs, the theatrical trailer, bonus trailer for Bartok and really fun interactive jigsaw puzzle game with three puzzles.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 4112601
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1997
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/16/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Don Bluth & Gary Goldman
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Special Notes:
The full screen version also included on this disc, while cropped, measures a very slight 1.48:1 aspect ratio!

Story Synopsis:
The romanticized story of the daughter of Czar Nicolas is retold in this animated version of Anastasia. With political upheaval all around them in 1916 Russia, young Anastasia is separated from her grandmother as they escape execution. Years later, Anastasia must battle the evil Rasputin in order to be reunited with the woman she believes is her grandmother.

DVD Picture:
When compared to the beautifully rendered LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 32, the non-anamorphic 2.30:1 DVD, viewed in component video, exhibits an exceptional picture. Colors are rich and vibrant with deep, pure blacks. Had the picture been anamorphically enhanced, it would have been even more breathtaking. The pan-and-scan version (also featured on the disc) measures a slightly widescreen 1.48:1.

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This Disc Contains The Following WSR-Rated Superb Qualities:
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