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Igby Goes Down
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Harris, Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman & Susan Sarandon

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
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with actor Kieran Culkin and director Burr Steers, deleted scenes with optional director commentary, and a behind-the-scenes photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1004117
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, sexuality and drug content
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(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): 02/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Burr Steers
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Igby Goes Down" tells the story of a rebel with a cause. Desperate to break free from his pill-popping mother, his schizophrenic dad, and his fascist brother, cynical Igby Slocomb (Culkin) breaks out on his own. When his brother, Oliver (Phillippe) finally locates Igby to informs him that their mother is suffering from cancer, Igby continues to indifferently matter what goes down. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture opens with slightly pale, undersaturated hues that visually keep the past separated from the more fully saturated present during the film. Colors are well balanced with accurately rendered fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, though some minor smearing is noticed. The picture is nicely contrasted, with satisfying shadow delineation. Edge enhancement can be offensive at times, and there is some minor pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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