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Urban Cowboy
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn & Madolyn Smith

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes dancing outtakes and rehearsal footage on the mechanical bull.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 01285
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1980
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/08/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): James Bridges
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based upon the story by Aaron Latham, Urban Cowboy is a dramatic tale of love, jealousy and cowboy machismo. John Travolta stars as Bud Davis, who becomes a regular at the nightclub known to locals as the

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is considerably dark with low contrast for limited detail, especially in the nightclub. Images are generally sharp, though fine details are limited. The color scheme centers around brownish hues, but can be nicely balanced with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Dirt and film grain are inherent in the source element. Edge enhancement can be a problem, but pixelization is minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)

The new Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack has the music as its standout aspect. The fidelity in this respect is quite pristine (likely the result of sourcing from the stereo recordings), and there's a nice sense of spaciousness. The soundtrack repurposing also takes good advantage of atmospheric effects, resulting in a subtle sense of expansion. Additionally, the music has a palpable low-end foundation, coming from the main channels. Still, the dated fidelity is noticeable, especially with voices. Nonetheless, this new soundtrack is notable for updating the original audio to current standards. (Perry Sun)