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Melvin And Howard
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 85 (Jun 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Jack Kehoe, Michael J. Pollard & Pamela Reed

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
No supplements are included. (The previously released Anchor Bay edition included an audio commentary track.)

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 24189
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $14.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1980
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/02/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jonathan Demme
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Winner of two Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released Anchor Bay DVD, this new anamorphically enhanced Universal DVD picture (framed at 1.85:1) exhibits noticeably better contrast and color fidelity. While the previous DVD picture appears smeared and oversaturated, colors are more concise, while remaining richly saturated with deep blacks. The picture can appear a bit dark, but shadow delineation is adequate. Pixel breakup is noticed, but edge enhancement is not much of a problem. Film grain (which some viewers may perceive as being excessive), dirt, and artifacts are inherent in the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

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