(aka "Sex Crimes" or "wildthings")

directed by John McNaughton
USA 1998

I have always had a thing for Florida locale films. The heat, the palm trees and the almost painfully bright sunlight are all attractive. Couple this natural beauty with Denise Richards in some steamy sex scenes and an almost noir-like feel to the film, and "Wild Things" is an enjoyable, if superficial, ride. This film is not steeped in depth, but the combination of sex and deception prove worthy of 2 hours of relaxing time spent. As long as you are not expecting too much, I am sure you will get something out of it.out of     

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Theatrical Release: March 20th, 1998 - USA

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DVD Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star (Unrated) - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1  - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (Unrated)

Region 1  - NTSC

Runtime 1:48:04 1:54:40
Video

2.31:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.80 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.31:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.84 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Columbia Tri-Star

 

Bitrate:

 

Columbia Tri-Star (unrated)

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Subtitles English, French, and none English, French, Japanese and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.31:1

Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by director John McNaughton
• Theatrical trailer
• Deleted scenes
• Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats

DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.31:1

Edition Details:

• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
• Theatrical trailers
• Additional unrated footage
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004

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Chapters: 28

Comments:

The new unrated version, aside from a few added, yet unnecessary titillation scenes, has superior contrast than the initial Region 1 release. The increased value is only slight and not worthy of an upgrade in my opinion.

Both are from HD sourced tape and both images appear un-cropped. They are both dark at times and aside from the audio DUB addition of Japanese (and Japanese subtitles), obvious to pursue sales in that market, there are less extras features as they have removed the director commentary available in the original release. Okay you see a bit more of Denise Richards breasts, but you have to deicide yourself whether this is worth replacing a commentary track. I don't think so. Ohh yeah - anamorphic menus too. 

 - Gary W. Tooze

NOTE: some still from the "additional" scenes are located at the bottom of this comparison.



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Report Card:

 

Image:

Unrated

Sound:

-

Extras: Rated (commentary)
Menu: Unrated
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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1  - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (Unrated)

Region 1  - NTSC


 


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