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Nowhere In Africa
Genre: Foreign - Drama

Reviewed In Issue 78 (Nov 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Juliane K

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes audio commentary by director Caroline Link, actress Juliane Kohler, and producer Peter Herrmann. Disc Two adds 10 minutes worth of deleted scenes with optional commentary, cast and crew interviews, a 29-minute making-of featurette, an impressive 19-minute photo montage with commentary, four score selections with sheet music, and storyboard comparisons. Subtitles are available for the bonus features.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 01793
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/30/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Caroline Link
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig, Academy Award

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a warm picture that nicely presents the hot Kenyan locations. Warm browns and reds abound in a well balanced color palette, with accurate fleshtones and deep endless blacks. Sharpness and details are nicely rendered, with pleasing textures and depth. At times, the picture seems a bit plugged-up and wanting in definition. The dark nighttime scenes are often lit by candlelight and are appropriately limited in visual information. Some pixelization is noticed, but edge enhancement is not a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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