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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Capturing The Friedmans
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 84 (May 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Jesse Friedman, Arnold Friedman, Elaine Friedman, David Friedman & Seth Friedman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Supplements offered on Disc Two include featurettes on how the movie affected audiences at premieres, answers to frequently asked questions, a Charlie Rose interview with director Andrew Jarecki, three additional home movies from the Friedmans, four featurettes regarding the case, a family album and audio scrapbook, a seven-minute featurette on the score, and DVD-ROM content.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Home Video
(Catalog Number): 92278
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/27/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrew Jarecki
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Shooting home movies of their normal everyday life was part of the daily routine for Arnold Friedman and his wife and sons. But this seemingly normal middle class family was anything but normal as the police discovered after raiding their home in Great Neck, New York. What they found shocked friends, neighbors, and even most of the Friedman family themselves. On that fateful day the police uncovered evidence of child pornography and first arrested retired schoolteacher Arnold Friedman and then his youngest son, 18-year-old Jesse. Capturing The Friedmans is a well-documented story of the Friedman family

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is of variable quality, as would be expected for a documentary feature. Much of the documentary features home videos taken by the Friedman family. The interview segments are generally sharp and detailed, but many scenes appear smeared. Colors are often well balanced, but can border oversaturation at times. The interview segments are generally sharp and detailed, but many scenes appear smeared. Noise, grain, and artifacts are occasionally noticed. There is also some edge enhancement and pixelization detected. (Suzanne Hodges)

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