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Driving Miss Daisy
Special Edition
Genre: Drama

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

Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti Lupone & Esther Rolle

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Bruce Beresford, writer Alfred Uhry, and producer Lili Fini Zanuck; a seven minute original making-of featurette; a 19-minute featurette on Miss Daisy

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23340
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(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): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bruce Beresford
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A kindly, yet strong-willed chauffeur named Hoke Colburn (Freeman) has spent 25 years "Driving Miss Daisy" Werthan (Tandy) to and from her social gatherings ever since she put her car in reverse instead of drive. The two become faithful companions despite racial and social differences. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, this picture won four Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD (previously released on DVD in a full screen-only version) exhibits a very soft, hazy picture that is visually complementary to the storytelling. Colors nicely represent the Southern setting of the film, with warm, well balanced hues, natural fleshtones, and deep blacks. Contrast can seem a bit low at times, but shadow delineation is satisfying. Pixelization is occasionally noticed breaking up finer details, but edge enhancement is not much of a problem with this title. Minor film grain, dirt, and artifacts are inherent in the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

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