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Miramax Collector's Series
Genre: Drama

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

Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, John Malkovich & Martin Landau

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Included are a Heads Up Texas Hold 'Em game, where you must answer trivia questions to raise enough money to play in a game of Texas Hold 'Em poker, a five minute behind-the-scenes special on the film that includes interviews with cast and crew members, five minutes of interviews with cast, crew, and professional poker players talking about poker and pro poker players, and short video clips from four professional poker players giving tips on how to become a better poker player. Also included are two commentary tracks: the first with four professional poker players (Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson) and the second with director John Dahl, screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman and actor Edward Norton. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 36191
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for pervasive strong language, some sexuality and brief drug use.
(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1998
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 9/07/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Dahl
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Rounders stars Matt Damon as Mike, a high stakes poker player who gives up cards after a huge loss in a no-limit game. He decides to go on to law school and put gambling behind him until his best friend, played by Edward Norton, gets deep in debt with a ruthless Russian card shark (the same one who beat Mike out of his money). (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released non-anamorphic DVD, this new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD looks better, though exhibits similar problems. Colors, which are richly saturated and often stylized, occasionally appear smeared with deep, but undefined, blacks. The imagery is mostly sharp and detailed, with satisfying definition and textures. Dirt and film grain are inherent in the source element. Contrast is poor and shadow delineation is wanting in better visual information throughout. There is apparent pixel breakup and edge enhancement, which can appear bothersome at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

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