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Mystic Masseur, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 72 (May 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Om Puri, Aasif Mandvi, Ayesha Dharker, Jimi Mistry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Zohra Segal, Sakina Jaffrey, Rez Kepton & James Fox

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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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00192
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild language
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/25/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ismail Merchant
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Mystic Masseur is a meandering story about Ganesh (Mandvi), a hopeful writer living on a limited income in Trinidad. His wife Leela (Dharker), the daughter of a successful merchant, balks at their modest lifestyle and comes up with a plan to cash in on Ganesh

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD has a slightly soft appearance, though details and definition can be nicely rendered at times. Colors are well balanced and easy-on-the-eyes, with accurate fleshtones, and generally deep blacks. Some of the darker scenes are wanting in better shadow delineation, but contrast is nicely rendered. At times, the picture can look a bit

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel presentation offers a pleasing listening experience through the music. In this respect, there