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1976 / Special Edition
Genre: Horror

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

Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta & Piper Laurie

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
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): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1002332
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(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): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1976
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/28/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brian De Palma
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Story Synopsis:
Based on Stephen King

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously issued non-anamorphic DVD, this new anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a sharper, brighter and more defined image. Viewed alone, the picture is sharp and nicely detailed. Colors are rich and well balanced, with generally accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. At times fleshtones can seem slightly orange or reddish. Shadow delineation is nicely rendered, offering better visual information and definition in the darker scenes than the previous DVD. The source element is revealing of artifacts, dirt and some film grain. At times, fine details shimmer, and there is some break up due to pixelization, but otherwise the picture should be quite pleasing for the film

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack is essentially the same as that for the previous DVD soundtrack, except for the higher 448 kbps bit rate. While there are moments that revert to the original mono, there are also many instances of a reasonably wide soundstage presence, as well as moderate to prominent surround engagement. Fidelity, as expected, is limited, but the newly incorporated music recordings sound somewhat better. There