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Perfect World, A
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 68 (Jan 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood & Laura Dern

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes cast and crew film highlights.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12990
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Some violence, sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 138
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1993
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/01/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Clint Eastwood
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"A Perfect World" has Clint Eastwood directing Kevin Costner in his first bad (but nice) guy role: that of escaped prisoner Butch Haynes. Texas Ranger Red Garnett (Eastwood) leads the manhunt for Butch, a fellow escapee, and the young fatherless boy (played superbly by T.J. Lowther) they have kidnapped. The story covers the changes in the relationship between Butch and his young hostage, who develop a bond, with the young boy finding solace and friendship in their journey across Texas. The profoundly moving story culminates in a gripping final showdown, where Garnett and Butch finally meet after a statewide police pursuit. (Gary Reber)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is quite nicely rendered, with images that are generally sharp and detailed. Though hues can appear slightly weak in the darker scenes, with grayish blacks, the color scheme in the brighter scenes is often nicely saturated with accurate fleshtones. The picture is quite smooth and solid. Edge enhancement is occasionally noticed, but pixelization is generally not a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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