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Hired Hand, The
Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 79 (Dec 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Fonda, Warren Oates & Verna Bloom

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Peter Fonda.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): NA
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Western violence and some sexual content
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1971
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/28/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Fonda
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Going home after being absent for years, Harry Collings (Fonda) returns to his wife Hannah (Bloom) much to her displeasure at seeing him again. Asking to be able to stay and work as The Hired Hand she agrees, and the two start to rebuild their relationship discovering that their love for each other is still true. When trouble strikes for his friend Arch (Oates), Harry insists that he must again leave but promises to return to Hannah and their daughter when he

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture with dated fidelity, appearing a bit soft and lacking a clean, crisp appearance. Nonetheless, the Vilmos Zsigmond ("Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "The Deer Hunter") cinematography is engrossing and beautiful. Colors are actually well-balanced, with pleasant blue skies contrasting the dusty roads and dry plains. Fleshtones, however, can at times appear a bit brownish, but in a certain way is complementary to the western genre. There is some blurring of the image that gives the picture a

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