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Live From Baghdad
Genre: Drama

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

Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, Lili Taylor, Bruce McGill, Robert Wisdom, Joshua Leonard, Paul Guilfoyle, Michael Murphy, Clark Gregg & David Suchet

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Mick Jackson and cast and crew biographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Home Video
(Catalog Number): 92028
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

Adult content and graphic 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): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 06/24/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mick Jackson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Adapted from the memoir of the same name by former CNN senior executive producer Robert Wiener (Keaton), "Live From Baghdad" tells the riveting story of a group of reporters determined to make history with a journalistic coup: broadcasting live from behind enemy lines during the Gulf War. In August 1990, Robert Wiener along with his producing partner and comrade Ingrid Formanek (Bonham Carter), led their crew to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad a few months before the U.N. imposed a deadline for the Iraqis to withdraw their presence from Kuwait. With the

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture that varies in quality. At times, the picture has a gritty texture that visually complements the conflict in Kuwait and Iraq. Yet, there are other scenes that are quite clear, with a smooth, nicely detailed appearance. While the picture is generally sharp, there are some scenes that have a soft or slightly smeared appearance. Colors are warm and nicely saturated, though fleshtones can appear slightly orange at times. Blacks are generally deep and solid. Minor edge enhancement and pixelization are noticed, occasionally appearing a bit bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)

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