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People Vs. Larry Flynt, The

Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 76 (Sept 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features include writers commentary track with Larry Karazewski and Scott Alexander; a cast commentary with Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton; two deleted scenes with optional commentary; the 30-minute Free Speech Or Porn? featurette; the 29-minute Dennis Hopper-narrated featurette Larry Flynt Exposed; a New York Times article on the movie; cast and crew filmographies; and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00605
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use.
(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1996
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/06/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Milos Forman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on a true story, Harrelson stars as sex industry entrepreneur Larry Flynt, who leveraged a small string of Ohio strip clubs into the beginnings of a publishing empire. His first Hustler issue was a financial disaster, but the subsequent issue, featuring Jacqueline Onassis sunbathing nude, brought him success. Settling into a 24-room mansion with his ex-stripper wife Althea (Love), Flynt was on top of the world

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a picture that appears to be the same transfer as the previously released DVD (reviewed in Issue 28). While that DVD was compared to the LaserDisc and hailed as reference quality at the time, the picture does not hold up to today

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio has been nicely produced, with a tasteful sense of envelopment from the music, which satisfyingly immerses. There's also occasionally noticeable low-end content with some LFE channel activity. Fidelity sounds a little dated, slightly affecting the natural tonality of voices. The surrounds are remarkably active and vibrant in the presence of the music, and usually are subtly present otherwise. In the absence of the music, the soundstaging often is centered around the dialogue.