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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Casey Affleck & Matt Damon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Includes the 14-minute behind-the-scenes Saltlake Van Sant featurette and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 32860
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(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): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/11/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gus Van Sant
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Two friends (Damon and Affleck) -- both named Gerry -- set out on a wilderness trail in the desert but lose their way back to their car after not being able to find what they were looking for. Their surroundings are unforgiving. They are without food, water, or direction. This thought-provoking story tests their survival skills and probes how the viewer would react in the same dire circumstances. Director Gus Van Sant ("My Own Private Idaho," "To Die For") left the sparse dialogue up to his two-person cast. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD picture exhibits imagery that is quite natural and perfectly appropriate and complementary to the storytelling. Images are sharp and detailed with natural contrast and shadow delineation. The night scenes are dark, presented under the natural light of a fire or the moon. Of course these scenes are very dark and isolating; how else would it look at night in the desert? The biggest distraction to the picture is the presence of edge enhancement. The halos provide a

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