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Cuckoo, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Anni-Kristina Juuso, Viktor Bychkov & Ville Haapasalo

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes a 24-minute English subtitled making-of featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00211
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content and violence
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(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): 12/02/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alexander Rogozhkin
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Cuckoo" tells the story of a Finnish sniper, a Russian captain, and the woman who offers comfort to the two enemies. When the three strangers find themselves in each other

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture with a cool color scheme composed of lots of subtle, undersaturated blues and silvers. Images are generally sharp, though finer details and textures are limited. Contrast seems a bit low at times, but shadow delineation is satisfying. The source element is revealing of flecks of dirt throughout. Edge enhancement is minimal, and pixelization is also limited. Overall, the picture has an understated appearance. (Suzanne Hodges)

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