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Guru, The
Genre: Comedy

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

Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry, Michael McKean, Dash Mihok & Christine Baranski

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with director Daisy von Scherler Mayer and writer Tracey Jackson, an additional audio commentary track with actor Jimi Mistry, nine minutes worth of deleted scenes, and a photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21984
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sexual content, including dialogue and language
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(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): Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Raimu (Mistry) is a dance instructor from India who left his country of birth for the better life in the good old U S of A. Arriving in New York City, Raimu goes for an audition and lands his first job - in a porno flick! Falling in lust with the leading lady Sharrona (Graham), Raimu has a problem with ahem... a major prop and loses the part. Next stop is a job entertaining guests at a stuffy get together where he meets Lexi (Tomei), a guest at the party who is enamored by the young man. Lexi takes him home, where he proves that he's still got what it takes in the bedroom. Raimu goes to visit Sharrona for advise on his performance in front of the camera, and she offers to help him with his problem. Meanwhile, sure that he's full of wisdom, Lexi sets Raimu up as a Sex Guru where he very successfully dispenses advise to unfullfilled men and women. What no one knows, however, is that Sharrona is giving Raimu the advise that he's using on his own clients. How long will it be before "The Guru" is found out, and how will Sharrona react when she learns of his deception? (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is rich with color, offering bold reds, bright blues, and deep blacks. However, the color scheme seems somewhat flat and wanting in dimension. Images are generally sharp and detailed, though sometimes softly focused (like the scenes with the sex guru consultations). Contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. There is some minor edge enhancement noticed throughout, but there is no excessive pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 soundtrack presentations are somewhat underwhelming in the presence of the music, due to the fact that there