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John Q
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 63 (Aug 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Eddie Griffin, Kimberly Elise, Shawn Hatosy, Ray Liotta & Daniel E. Smith

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
The Infinifilm DVD includes selectable fact tracks and features during the viewing of the movie; audio commentary with director Nick Cassavetes, screenwriter James Kearns, cinematographer Rogier Stoffers, and Kimberly Elise (not credited on menu); deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary; the 34-minute Fighting For Care documentary; the 17-minute Behind The Scenes Of John Q featurette; and DVD-ROM content. Disc also includes a $5 mail-in rebate coupon when consumers purchase both

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5468
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence, language and intense thematic elements
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/16/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Nick Cassavetes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When young Michael (Smith) collapses in the middle of a Little League baseball game, his parents John Q and Denise Archibald (Elise) rush him to the hospital only to find out that he needs a heart transplant very soon or he will die. After John discovers that their health insurance won

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a stylized picture that complements the storytelling. The color palette is well balanced, with hues that are fully saturated and vibrant for exterior shots, while inside the hospital, colors have a colder appearance with subtle greens, grays, and blues. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with nicely rendered definition and clarity. Edge enhancement is occasionally a problem; pixelization is minimal. The film grain inherent in the source element adds a gritty texture to some scenes. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
After running the InterActual Player 2 software, you are brought to the main menu, which has an old fashioned feel that does not seem to represent the movie very well. From the DVD-ROM main menu, you are given links titled Script to Screen, Original Web site, and Hot Spot. When viewing the Script to Screen, a page with the same theme as the main page appears, with text on the right and a small window for video on the left. Each scene is split by the chapters of the DVD for ease in maneuvering, and each scene is printable directly from the InterActual software. Clicking the link for the Original Web Site loads a site where you can find all the information you could want on the film, including cast and crew biographies, story lines, and movie still images. Also, there are three desktop images in three different resolutions, a link to play the original theatrical trailer and links to Web sites that relate to the film's content. Not very much was put into this title, and the rating received reflects this. I am happy that the Web site gets included on the disc, so you do not need an Internet connection to view all of the information, but I would have liked to see it more incorporated into the InterActual software. It is complete for this title's genre, but it is just not impressive enough to get a high rating. (Danny Richelieu)