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Garden State
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 94 (Mar 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Zach Braff, Ron Leibman, Method Man, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard & Jean Smart

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include 16 deleted scenes with optional commentary, a 28-minute making-of featurette, a three-minute blooper reel, and a soundtrack promo. There are also two audio commnetary tracks: one by actress Natalie Portman and writer/director/actor Zach Braff; and the other with Braff, cinematographer Lawrence Sher, editor Myron Kerstein, and production designer Judy Becker.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2226002
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, Drug Use And A Scene Of Sexuality.
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/28/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Zach Braff
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Andrew Largeman (Braff) is forced to make a trip back to the Garden State following the unfortunate passing of his mother. Emotionally disconnected from life by a barrage of antidepressants, Andrew opts for a change. And when he meets the free-spirited Sam (Portman), he begins to feel for the first time in over nine years. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is nicely rendered with a well-balanced color palette and image quality that is perfectly suitable for the whimsical storytelling. While the picture can have a slightly soft appearance, sharpness and detail are satisfying throughout. Some film grain is occasionally noticed in the source element, but there are no bothersome artifacts. Edge enhancement and pixelization are limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

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