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King Of Comedy, The
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard & Tony Randall

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes a 19-minute making-of featurette, two deleted scenes, and a still gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2003897
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(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): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1982
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/17/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin Scorsese
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Trying to escape from demented fan Masha (Bernhard), talk show host Jerry Langford (Lewis) is

DVD Picture:
Despite having a bit of a dated appearance, the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits generally sharp images with pleasing contrast. Colors are well balanced, with natural looking fleshtones, and deep blacks. Finer details tend to smear and, at times, disappear, specifically the blue striped leisure suit worn by De Niro (Chapters 8 through 13). Occasionally creating minor moire patterns, the suit often has a smeared or flat, unnatural look. Source element artifacts are occasionally noticed. Of course, the TV show within the movie offers poor image quality to visually separate it from the look of the movie. (Suzanne Hodges)

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