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It Runs In The Family
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Michelle Monaghan & Bernadette Peters

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Fred Schepisi, a Family Makes You Nuts making-of featurette, a Kirk Douglas And The Movies highlight, three deleted scenes, and a photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1005333
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Drug content, sexual material and language
(Retail Price): $25.98
(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): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/21/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Fred Schepisi (Director) Jesse Wigutow (Written By) Paul Grabowsky (Music) Ian Baker (Director Of Photography) Patrizia Von Brandenstein (Production Designer) Kate Williams (Editor) Fred Schepisi & Kerry Orent (Executive Producer) Marcy Drogin (Co-Producer) Michael Douglas (Producer)
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When it comes to acting in the Douglas family...It Runs In The Family, and three generations star in this comedy drama. Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) is trying to make amends with his elderly father Mitchell (Kirk Douglas) who recently survived a stroke. Trying not to follow in the parenting footsteps of Mitchell, Alex is also trying to reconnect with his sons: college student Asher (Cameron Douglas) and 11-year-old Eli (Culkin). (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD picture exhibits images that are generally sharp and detailed, with satisfying contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are nicely saturated but appear somewhat flat at times. Fleshtones can appear a bit orange at times, and blacks are quite deep. Unfortunately, one cannot ignore the

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