Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
Secondhand Lions
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 81 (Feb 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Nicky Katt & Kyra Sedgwick

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3
Internet Links

Special Features
This Platinum Series release includes feature commentary with Director Tim McCanlies on Side A. Additional supplements are found on Side B, which adds 10 deleted scenes, and a 26-minute featurette on how the Secondhand Lions screenplay took one wild ride to Hollywood. There is also DVD-ROM content, a 26-minute on-set featurette, a 13-minute highlight on young actor Haley Joel Osment, two visual effects comparisons, the theatrical trailer, TV spots, and DVD-ROM content.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N6904
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Thematic material, language and action violence
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer/Dual Layer (DVD14)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(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): 02/03/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tim McCanlies
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After Walter

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits beautifully photographed images, though sometimes smeared and lacking natural detail and fine textures. Colors are richly saturated, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks, though sometimes hues appear a bit flat or pasty. Contrast can seem a bit low, but shadow delineation is satisfying. Edge enhancement and pixelization are often apparent, though there are many scenes that are without these distractions. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version of the movie -- not reviewed.

The Dolby Digital Surround EX audio is impressive in fidelity and spatial engagement. The music has been well-recorded and really wraps around the listener. The use of the back surround channel is a contributing factor in this regard. And then at times, all three surround channels are engaged prominently with the music. There