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Monsoon Wedding
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 66 (Nov 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shome, Vasundhara Das, Parvin Dabas, Roshan Seth & Soni Razdan

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 shameful up-front ads, audio commentary with director Mira Nair, and an eight-minute making-of featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22284
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, including some sex related dialogue
(Retail Price): $32.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/24/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mira Nair
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Grab your umbrellas...because the plans for the arranged nuptials in

DVD Picture:
The non-anamorphic 1.85:1 DVD picture can be generally satisfying at times. Colors are rich and warm, though hues can occasionally appear plugged-up and unnatural. Images are generally sharp, but detail is limited. Contrast can appear a bit low, and viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended to compensate for the weak shadow delineation. Edge enhancement and pixelization are an annoyance, as usual. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel discrete soundtracks both are predominately located amongst the screen channels. Much of the movie is focused around the dialogue, and as such the audio tends to be directed toward the center channel. The instances of atmospheric effects are quite welcome, with a subtle sense of expansiveness and gentle surround envelopment, though they also seem a little juxtaposed when dialogue is the dominant factor. The music is also rather nicely spread around the listening space, and serves as the most prominent spatial element of the soundtrack, with notable surround activity and low-end extension. The DTS version exhibits just slightly greater definition with spatial rendering, as well as with deep bass. (Perry Sun)