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Shape Of Things, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 81 (Feb 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz & Frederick Weller

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with director Neil LaBute and Paul Rudd, a four-minute introduction by LaBute, and a four-minute Welcome To Mercy College featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22813
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language and some sexuality
(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): 97
(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): 09/23/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Neil Labute
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Love or friendship -- that

DVD Picture:
Warm, richly saturated colors permeate this anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD picture, with lots of gold hues that sometimes affect fleshtone accuracy. Images are generally sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures. Unfortunately, edge enhancement can be a major offense with this picture, causing an unnaturally edgy appearance. There is not much in the way of distracting pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel audio tends to be predominated by the dialogue. Fidelity is very good, and the soundstage is often conservative in nature, with the exception of the music. The dialogue sounds impressively natural in tonality and spatial integration. The music has a palpable low-end foundation and tends to really wrap around the listener, with prominent surround engagement. Characteristically gentle atmospheric effects provide for some sense of dimensional expansion. The DTS