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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour & Brian Cox

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
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Special Features
Includes filmographies and a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 07601
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images
(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(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): 05/20/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Spike Jonze
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Following the success of the wildly original Being John Malkovich, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage) is taking a stab at an Adaptation. A bit neurotic and slightly paranoid, the gifted Kaufman has been hired to script Susan Orlean

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced Superbit 1.85:1 DVD has a mostly understated look, with a simple, natural color scheme. Hues are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp, with nicely rendered textures and details. Contrast can seem a bit low at times, but shadow delineation is satisfying for the darkest scenes. There is some edge enhancement noticed at times, but pixelization is rarely a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel sound mix has been well-recorded, with voices and effects sounding convincingly natural. The dialogue, which predominates this sonic presentation, seems comfortable to hear and is abundantly articulate. The soundstage is quite reserved in nature, with usually a very gentle sense of spatial expansion. Some interesting POV sequences provide for enhanced envelopment and some special creativity, such as the