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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Pump Up The Volume
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 48 (May 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Christian Slater, Annie Ross, Andy Romano, Scott Paulin, Robert Schenkkan, Cheryl Pollak, Ellen Greene & Samantha Mathis

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes cast and crew filmographies and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N4894
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1991
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/21/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Allan Moyle
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Pump Up The Volume Mark Hunter (Slater) has felt out of place ever since his family moved him to a cookie-cutter suburb in Arizona. To combat his feelings of frustration, he sets up a pirate radio station, invents a sex-obsessed alter-ego DJ, Hard Harry, and rails against his sell-out parents and a high school where the principal (Ross) ignores the well-being of her students in favor of higher SAT scores

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is sharp and nicely detailed, but with a slightly dark character. Still, some scenes are softly focused. Colors are rich, with nicely balanced fleshtones, and deep, undefined blacks. The picture has a slightly rough character, and is wanting in a smoother, more natural appearance. Fine details shimmer on occasion, and edge enhancement is also noticed. Minor film grain is revealed throughout, as are minor source element artifacts. (Suzanne Hodges)

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