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The Tenth Circle

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 89 Minutes

Starring: Kelly Preston, Ron Eldard, Jamie Johnston, Michael Riley, Haley Beauchamp, Geordie Brown and Britt Robertson

Teleplay by: Maria Nation
Based on the novel by: Jodi Picoult

Directed by: Peter Markle

 

Studio: Sony

Retail Price: $24.96

Features: None

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (12 Scenes)

Released: February 3rd, 2009


 

 

"The Tenth Circle" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. It's a pretty good and sharp transfer, with nice fleshtones and great color saturation - colors are bold, and don't smear. Detail is excellent, too - especially in some of the exterior shots. A little bit of noise and edge halos are apparent on the transfer, but don't distract too much. The tansfer itself is clean save for a few instances, and there is no edge enhancement to speak of. Simply put, this is an very fine visual presentation. 


 

"The Tenth Circle" features an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. It's not reference quality, but given the material of the telefilm, it is still pretty stirring. There are plenty of sound effects that are discrete, be it small stuff like the pattering of rain, or some more violent outbursts. Dialogue is always crisp and easy to hear, and the music - be it songs at a party, or Velton Ray Bunch's musical score - fills up the speakers nicely. Subwoofer use isn't earth-shattering, but the .1 LFE has its moments. All the sound elements also blend together nicely, so there is no overpowering going on. Fidelity is good, and dynamic range feels just right. This 5.1 mix can be pretty involving.

English closed captions from your TV are available, plus subtitles in English and French. 
 




Just previews, which don't count.

 

Fans of Jodi Picoult's novel will surely want to grab this DVD release of the TV movie - as well as those who just saw and enjoyed the movie. It's a little disappointing there are no extras, but the presentation is terrific. For those who are interested, or missed the movie on TV, a rental should suffice.