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Seven Pounds


       
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 139 (Mar/Apr 2009) Of Widescreen Review®

Stars:
Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper & Woody Harrelson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: NR
DD Plus Sound Rating: NR
DD True HD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Rating: NR
DTS-HD Rating: NR
DTS-HD Master Audio Rating: NR
PCM Audio Rating: NR
WSR Score: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by Director Gabriele Muccino; the following featurettes: Seven Views On Seven Pounds—the writer, the producer, the director, the location manager, the designer, the editor, and the composer (HD 31:25); Creating The Perfect Ensemble, a featurette on casting (HD 12:56); The Box Jellyfish: World's Deadliest Co-Star (HD 04:58); Emily's Passion: The Art Of The Printing Press (HD 08:44); four deleted scenes (HD 04.04); up-front previews, and BD-Live interactivity. Also included is a digital copy of the film.


 Disc General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 24918
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Thematic material, some disturbing content, and a scene of sexuality
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Disc Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(Disc Release Date): 03/17/09
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gabriele Muccino
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(Disc Soundtrack): Dolby TrueHD 5.1
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Will Smith stars as a man at a crossroads, searching for a way to redeem his heavy conscience. He discovers he has the power to change the circumstances of seven strangers who deserve a second chance. But when one of them captures his heart, he must decide if he should reveal his secret—even it means giving up on his plan. (Gary Reber)

Picture:
The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture quality is nicely rendered, with a natural visual character throughout. Contrast is very good, with excellent black levels and well-delineated shadows. Colors exhibit natural hues with solid saturation that is not exaggerated. Resolution is generally good, though, apparently filtered for a softer look. Close-ups reveal good facial details and textural components, and overall dimensionality is good. The picture is pleasing enough and pristine but projects an overall intended stylistic dimness that plays well to the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

Sound:
The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced, with production and ADR dialogue that is wanting in spatial integration, whether in interior or outdoor scenes. Dialogue sounds forward and lacks dimension, often sounding in a narrow monaural vacuum. The music score is nicely recorded, with a wide soundstage but little supportive surround envelopment, and at times, sounds veiled, lacking articulation. Atmosphere background sound effects also are wanting in envelopment and aggressiveness. Often the sound collapses to monaural, with virtually no feeling of "place." Bass extension is limited to the music, which is hardly ever present. While this is a drama with up-close character interaction, often scenes lack a feeling of dimension. The crash scene is the singular scene with heightened sound impact. Otherwise, the soundtrack is very subdued overall. This is a soundtrack that expresses low energy, if not depression, as to reflect the inner feeling of the main character. (Gary Reber)



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