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And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 87 (Aug 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Matt Day, Michael McKean, Colm Feore, Alan Arkin & Jim Broadbent

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by writer Larry Gelbart and a five-minute featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 92123
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $19.97
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 05/11/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bruce Beresford
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In January 1914, American filmmakers D.W. Griffith (Feore) and Harry Aitken (Broadbent) sent junior executive Frank Thayer (Bailey) to Mexico to capture the Mexican revolution on film. And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, the motion picture company got more than they had bargained for from their star. While Pancho Villa (Banderas) hammed it up for the cameras, Frank and his crew often got caught in the middle of the battles and eventually learned that what they were witnessing was real life and that their leading man was not just acting. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits a stylized picture that visually puts you in sweltering early-1900s Texas. Exterior scenes can have an undersaturated appearance, with slightly weak blacks. Other scenes are nicely saturated with rich clay colored buildings and vivid green vines. Images can be sharp and nicely detailed, but sometimes lacking in natural definition and clarity. Edge enhancement and pixelization are noticed at times, and occasionally the picture has a

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