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Ladykillers, The
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 90 (Nov 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner, Katie Johnson, Philip Stainton & Frankie Howerd

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes Alec Guinness bio and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV11474
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(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): 1955
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 9/10/2002
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alexander Mackendrick
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Taking advantage of a sweet little old lady (Johnson), Professor Marcus (Guinness) rents a room from her by posing as a musician. What he really is, however, is a thief, and he and his group of thugs have plans to commit a robbery. When they believe that Mrs. Wilberforce has discovered their secret, the gang feels that she has to be eliminated, thus planning to become The Ladykillers. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced windowboxed 1.66:1 DVD picture exhibits dated fidelity with a color scheme that is balanced, but somewhat weak. There are also minor fluctuations noticed in regard to color saturation. The picture is also quite soft overall, though details can be adequate. While edge enhancement and pixelization are not a problem with this title, its lack of definition and minor anomalies cause the picture to appear mediocre at best. (Suzanne Hodges)

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