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Rose, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 76 (Sept 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Barry Primus, Sandra McCabe, David Keith & Harry Dean Stanton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Mark Rydell and the theatrical and bonus trailers. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2007590
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $14.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 134
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1979
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/19/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mark Rydell
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Rose" is the story of a rock superstar of the 1960s as portrayed by Bette Midler in her remarkable film debut. Her stage performance is powerful as she speaks to her generation with fearlessness and vitality, but away from the spotlight she is despondent and relies on alcohol to keep pace with the demanding concert schedule. The controlling force behind her is her manager (Bates), whose grip on Rose keeps her going back on stage. When Rose falls for Dyer (Forrest), he tries to take her away from the public life and she is forced to make her fateful decision. (Gary Reber)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a gritty picture that looks dated, with faded, slightly weak colors. Bright exteriors are often hazy and blown out. The picture is soft overall, lacking fine details and natural dimension and definition. Some of the performance footage Contrast seems a bit low with this picture that is already dim in nature. The source element is revealing of dirt and film grain, that adds almost complementary texture to the picture, though it may be considered bothersome by some viewers. Edge enhancement and pixelization are limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

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