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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 73 (June 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies, Stephen Rea, John Lynch, Sophie Vavasseur & Alan Bates

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 an audio commentary track with director Bruce Beresford, an additional commentary by Pierce Brosnan and producer Beau St. Clair, a 19-minute Story Behind The Story, a 21-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, and three still galleries.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1004347
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For thematic material and language.
(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): 95
(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): 04/15/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bruce Beresford
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In 1953 Desmond Doyle (Brosnan) was a hard working family man living in Ireland. Though he had a strong work ethic, Desmond had trouble holding onto a job, but he did his best to care for his wife and three children. His best was not good enough, though, and his wife ran off with another man leaving Desmond to raise his two young sons and daughter "Evelyn" (Vavasseur). Deciding that an unemployed father was not suitable to raise three children, the court sent his children to live in separate orphanages until he could prove himself capable of raising them. Desmond soon learned, however, that getting his children back was not going to be as easy as he had hoped. But with the help of friends and a supportive lawyer (Quinn) he stayed determined, and in an attempt to challenge an ironclad law he took his case to Ireland's Supreme Court in a bid to win back custody of his children. Based on a true story. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a soft, understated picture that seems to be quite suitable for the subject matter. While colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks, hues have a muted, bland appearance. Contrast can seem a bit low at times, but shadow delineation is nicely rendered. There is some minor edge enhancement and pixelization noticed. The source element is quite clean, with few artifacts. Overall, the muted appearance of this picture appears to be a stylistic decision by the filmmakers, and nicely serves the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack offers a pleasing listening experience, with subtle yet ample dimensional engagement, and a generally holosonic