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House Of Sand And Fog
Genre: Drama

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

Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens, Shohreh Aghdashloo & Jonathan Ahdout

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with actor Ben Kingsley, director Vadim Perelman, and novelist Andre Dubus III; five deleted scenes with optional director commentary; a 16-minute behind-the-scenes featurette; a powerful six-minute audition clip that landed Shohreh Aghdashloo her part; a photo gallery available in a slide show with audio or as selectable stills; cast and filmmaker biographies; and production notes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 90977
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/30/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Vadim Perelman
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Story Synopsis:
After the Ayatollahs destroyed his country, Colonel Behrani (Kingsley) finds himself living and working in California and trying to put on the pretense of an accomplished man. When a seized property comes up for auction, Behrani purchases the small bungalow and moves his wife Nadi (Aghdashloo) and son Esmail (Ahdout) into the home, much to his wife

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture, beautifully photographed by Roger Deakins, is quite terrific. Images are sharp and intricately detailed at times, with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are richly saturated, with accurate fleshtones, bold hues, and deep, endless blacks. The picture is quite solid, with no distracting pixelization, though finicky viewers may notice some edge enhancement at times. Only a few flecks of dirt are noticed in the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

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