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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 53 (Oct 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Cliff Robertson, Genevi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
(The supplements description for this title is reproduced as it appears in our print issue (Issue 53), which accounted for several Brian De Palma titles in one write-up.) A lot of Brian De Palma movies have been released on DVD recently (and we have six of them reviewed for you in this issue), and here are three of his most well-liked. While none are the most feature-packed discs you

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 04181
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1975
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/26/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brian De Palma
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a dated picture, with a soft and dreamy appearance that is comparable to the look of Vertigo. Colors are nicely balanced, with generally accurate fleshtones, but blacks are slightly weak. Source element is revealing of film grain and artifacts throughout. There is a bit of edge enhancement apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)

The remastered Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features an impressive, dynamic, lively music score from Bernard Hermann. This is easily the predominant multichannel element of the sound mix, with a presence that simply absorbs the listener. In the absence of the music, the soundstage is focused toward the screen, and with subtle to moderate dimensional expansion. The original audio has been nicely restored, with notably low background noise, despite some inherent limitations including distortion. Dialogue is presented with impressive clarity and reasonably good spatial integration as well. Overall, the audio is a little prominent in overall volume level, and the dialnorm setting is somewhat higher than usual at