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Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
Genre: Documentary

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

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WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Disc One of the DVD

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13780
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Language and thematic elements
(Retail Price): $22.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/22/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul Justman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Inspired by the book by Allan

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD and D-VHS

The two multichannel soundtracks for the DVD, with back surround, feature a combination of documentary-style sound, dominated by dialgoue, and music performance sessions that are full of energy and dimensional engagement. The latter downright fills the listening space, fully utilizing the back surround channel. There's also very generous doses of low-end energy, with aggressive utilization of the LFE channel. Bass extension is extremely deep, extending to below 25 Hz. The recording quality for the musical sessions is excellent. The dialgoue-dominant sequences are usually adequate in delivery, though voices can sometimes sound somewhat brittle, and are also mono-centric. Both audio versions deliver impressively and energetically, but the DVD