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Ella Enchanted
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 89 (Oct 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Vivica A. Fox, Joanna Lumley, Jimi Mistry, Steve Coogan, Aidan McArdle, Heidi Klum, Minnie Driver, Patrick Bergin & Eric Idle (Narrator)

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by director Tommy O

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 36471
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Some crude humor and language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/24/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tommy O'Haver
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ella (Hathaway) was an Enchanted little girl, whose fairy godmother's (Fox) gift at birth made her want to hurl. The gift she gave her was to obey, and Ella went through life doing things other people's way. But she grew tired of living with the obedience curse and decided to get Lucinda to put it in reverse. So, off she went on a journey one day; you just won't believe the excitement she found along the way! Based on the book by Gail Carson Levine. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits a colorful picture that is certainly eye-catching for its younger audience. Unfortunately, some inconsistencies are noticed in color saturation, with some scenes appearing richly saturated, with bold hues and deep blacks, while others appear somewhat undersaturated and weak. The picture exhibits satisfying sharpness and detail, though some smearing is noticed. While edge enhancement is not an issue with this title, pixelization is often detected. (Suzanne Hodges)

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