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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Drama

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

Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, Anthony Zerbe

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Special Features
Includes a behind-the-scenes documentary

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 832
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 151
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1973
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/14/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Franklin J. Schaffner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Henri Charriere, Papillon is the fictionalized story of Charriere

DVD Picture:
Compared to the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 33, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits image quality that is noticeably sharper with finer details and definition. While the LaserDisc has a hazy appearance, the DVD is crisp, though still exhibiting a dated appearance. The brownish-orange fleshtones are slightly more subtle on the DVD, but still unnatural. Shadow delineation is wanting in better visual information in the dark scenes. Some scenes are revealing of film grain. Occasional edge enhancement is apparent, as is minor pixelization and artifacts, for a picture that is mediocre at best, but preferred to the LaserDisc.

The remastered Dolby