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Hours, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 75 (Aug 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Allison Janney, John C. Reilly & Miranda Richardson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes a commentary track by actresses Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore; a second audio commentary by director Stephen Daldry and novelist Michael Cunningham; a Stephen Daldry introduction; a 16-minute featurette on the Three Women in the film; a 25-minute profile on The Mind And Times Of Virginia Woolf; a seven-minute featurette on The Music Of The Hours; a 10-minute look at The Lives Of Mrs. Dalloway and how it affected and inspired author Michael Cunningham and the filmmakers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33990
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For mature thematic elements, some disturbing images, and brief language.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(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): 06/24/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stephen Daldry
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Three different time periods and three separate stories are brilliantly melded by director Stephen Daldry in a film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham. In 1923 Richmond England, Virginia Woolf (an almost unrecognizable Nicole Kidman in a well-deserved Oscar

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a lovely picture, with engrossing cinematography by Seamus McGarvey. With subtle visual variations to separate the three eras of the storytelling, the stylized picture seamlessly moves between the stories. While the scenes with Streep are rendered in a slightly cool color scheme, the 1950s are presented with warmer overtones. A subtle connection between the two stories results in a more natural, earthy rendition of Virginia Woolf

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