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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

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

Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Juliette Lewis, Dan Futterman, Fred Ward, Bill Cobbs & Noah Wyle

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes filmographies, Jennifer Lopez

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 08361
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Intense scenes of domestic violence, some sensuality, language
(Retail Price): $27.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(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): 10/08/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Apted
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Working-class waitress Slim (Lopez) finds herself transformed when she marries Mitch (Campbell), a wealthy contractor. She settles into an idyllic suburban life and seems to have everything she wants

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits fine quality, with sharp and detailed images and excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Colors can have a cold blue character to help heighten the suspense. Unfortunately, edge enhancement mars the otherwise excellent picture, giving images an overly edgy appearance. Pixelization is also noticed on occasion, breaking up finer details. (Suzanne Hodges) Also includes a modified 1.33:1 version (not reviewed).

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features generally moderate, yet effective, dimensionality. Overall fidelity is very good and reflective of the current technology for soundtrack production. The music score is well-recorded, and nicely fills the listening space, usually with some balance toward the screen but also is effectively expansive and enveloping. The sense of atmosphere is also quite compelling at times. The surrounds become elevated in activity when the emotional underlayering is heightened in intensity. Voices sound impressively natural and quite well-placed. The .1 LFE is sometimes active, and low frequencies are often noticeable, occasionally with impressively deep extension. (Perry Sun)