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About Schmidt
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Len Cariou, Howard Hesseman & Kathy Bates

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes nine deleted scenes and five sequences with the Woodmen Tower.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N6319
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some language and brief nudity
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(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): 06/03/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alexander Payne
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After retiring from a career as an insurance company actuary, Warren Schmidt (Nicholson) finds himself wondering what to do with the rest of his life. Although bored with his life and his wife, he finds himself depressed and lonely after she suddenly dies, so Warren decides to take a trip to visit his daughter Jeannie (Davis) who is engaged to marry Randall (Mulroney), a man whom Warren doesn

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is generally sharp and detailed, though some scenes can have a slightly soft focus or appear somewhat smeared in the backgrounds. Colors are richly saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are perfectly balanced for a very natural appearance. There is some minor edge enhancement that can be noticed in certain scenes, and pixelization is also quite limited. Overall, this DVD is quite natural looking with a clean, solid picture that is more than suitable for the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 audio presentations are reserved in spatial soundstaging character. Fidelity is very impressive, though. The music, like many other movies, essentially carries the dimensionality for this soundtrack. It has been very well-recorded and has an engaging, panoramic presence across the screen with subtle depth into the surrounds. There