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Dirty Deeds
Genre: Drama

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

Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, John Goodman, Sam Neill & Sam Worthington

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 87964
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong violence and language
(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(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): 11/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Caesar
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set in Sydney, Australia in 1969, "Dirty Deeds" (done dirt cheap.... Sorry, bad joke.) follows the antics of gangster Barry Ryan (Brown) and the crime underworld he calls his life. When a Chicago Mafioso sends two of his boys, Tony (Goodman) and Sal (Felix Williamson), down under to take over the scene, Barry is determined that he will win the fight, no matter who he has on his side! (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD exhibits a stylized picture that offers lots of warm hues. Fleshtones are well balanced and blacks are deep and solid in this picture that is often saturated golds or greens. Bold spot colors stand out in a blown-out scene with high contrast. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with pleasing textures and definition. There are a few scenes that appear a bit flat. Distractions are limited in the way of pixelization, but edge enhancement can be noticed at times. In a word, the picture is stylish. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version of the movie -- not reviewed.

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