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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees & Geoffrey Rush

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features found on Disc One of this two-disc set include an audio commentary track with director Julie Taymor, a selected-scenes commentary track by composer Elliot Goldenthal, and a 38-minute conversation with Salma Hayek. Disc Two starts with a 30-minute American Film Institute Q&A with director Julie Taymor; a 19-minute Bill Moyers interview with Taymor; a 16-minute interview with real life friend of Frida, Chavela Vargas; an interview with singer Lila Downs; a six-minute cinematography segment with Taymor and director of photography Rodrigo Prieto; a brief showcase of Felipe Fern

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 26085
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexuality/nudity and language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9/DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(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): 06/10/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Julie Taymor
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Chronicling the life of Frida Kahlo (Hayek), this 2002 Academy Award-winner (Original Score, Make-Up) captures the life of an amazing woman who conquered her own limitations and earned worldwide respect as an artist. This stunningly photographed film embraces the turbulence that surrounded both Frida and her husband, the artist Diego Rivera (Molina), as well as her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky (Rush). (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD is incredibly colorful with rich reds, bold blues, bright yellows, and deep blacks throughout the commendable production design of the film. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered depth and definition. Contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. At times, the picture can have a softly focused appearance.There is only a minor presence of occasionally noticed edge enhancement, and pixelization is also limited. This is a gorgeous picture that is stylish, with captivating cinematography. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers a very pleasing listening experience with exemplary fidelity, and a soundstage presentation that is immersive in nature. The recording quality is indicative of the current state-of-the-art in soundtrack production. The dialogue sounds impressively natural, with very good spatial integration. Another standout aspect of the audio is the music, which is very well-recorded and amply engulfs the listener. The low-end is appropriately reserved in nature, typically noticeable with the music. (Perry Sun)

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