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Andromeda Strain, The

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 133 (Jul/Aug 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim, Viola Davis, Ricky Schroeder & Andre Braugher

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
The only special features on Disc One of this two-disc set are commentary by the producers of the series and previews. Disc Two includes additional commentary by the producers, a 26-minute Terra Incognita: Making The Andromeda Strain featurette, and a photo and design gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 61103744
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 176
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/03/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mikael Salomon
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Story Synopsis:
When a satellite crashes to Earth, an entire town, except for a baby and an old man, are dead within hours. An alien bacteria has hitched a ride on the crashed space junk, which threatens the world's population. The clue to defeating The Andromeda Strain of alien bacteria lies within the two lone survivors of the town. Now a team of first-rate scientists must isolate themselves in an underground laboratory, while they attempt to find a vaccine, before the deadly disease wipes out all of mankind. Based on the novel by J. Michael Crichton.(Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD has deep, consistent black levels, but the near-black shadows can appear crushed, limiting the shadow delineation some. Fleshtones appear natural and nicely balanced, and other than whites occasionally blooming, contrast is balanced nicely as well. Color saturation is adequate, but greens can look unnaturally pale. Some scenes are overly soft, and while compression artifacts aren

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