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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

River Phoenix, Lili Taylor, Richard Panebianco, Anthony Clark, Mitchell Whitfield, E.G. Daily & Holly Near

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes filmographies, audio commentary with director Nancy Savoca and producer Richard Guay, and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12051
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1991
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/07/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Nancy Savoca
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The night before being shipped off for duty in Vietnam, Eddie Birdlace (Phoenix) and his Marine Corps. buddies set up a contest they call a Dogfight. Each man contributes $50, and whoever can bring the ugliest date to the bar later in the night takes the pot. Not having much luck finding a suitable contestant, Eddie meets coffeeshop worker Rose Feeney (Taylor) and hopes she is plain enough to win for the night. Inevitably, Eddie grows fond of Rose and tries to get out of taking her to the

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD offers a pleasantly clean picture, with images that exhibit satisfying sharpness and detail. Colors are well balanced and subtle, and nicely complement the storytelling. Fleshtones are nicely rendered, and blacks are quite deep and solid. Contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. Edge enhancement is only rarely noticed, and pixelization is also not a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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