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Tuck Everlasting
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 70 (Mar 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Alexis Bledel, Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Victor Garber, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow & William Hurt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Extras features include a Lessons Of Tuck feature hosted by Jonathan Jackson; audio commentary with director Jay Russell and actors Jonathan Jackson, Alexis Bledel, and Scott Bairstow; an additional commentary with the director and screenwriter James V. Hart; and a nine-minute visit with author Natalie Babbitt. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 28840
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(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): 02/25/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jay Russell
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Story Synopsis:
The Tuck family, mother Mae (Spacek), father Angus (Hurt), and sons Jesse (Jackson) and Miles (Bairstow) are a loving family living a happy and peaceful life in the forest. When young Winnie Foster (Bledel) wanders away and gets lost in the woods she happens upon the family and immediately is drawn to them. Different from her own strict and overprotective parents (Garber & Irving), Winnie longs to stay with the Tuckers, especially after falling in love with Jesse. When Winnie discovers the family secret, that the spring on their property is magic and anyone who drinks from it will never age and die, she thinks the news is wonderful. The family feels otherwise, however, especially given the fact that Jesse is 104 years old living in a 17 year old's body. Vowing to love each other forever, Winnie is left with the decision to live out her life as everyone else or to drink from the fountain of youth and never grow old. "Tuck Everlasting" is based on the book by Natalie Babbitt. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture offers nicely rendered images that appear to be slightly on the soft side, but are perfectly complementary to the storytelling. Colors exhibit rich saturation, with lush exterior greens, natural fleshtones, and deep but undefined blacks. However, hues occasionally appear smeared or lacking in clarity. Some scenes are extremely desaturated to stylistically depict flashbacks. Pixelization and edge enhancement are noticed, and contribute to a slightly hard character in some scenes. (Suzanne Hodges)

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