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Watermelon Man
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Godfrey Cambridge & Estelle Parsons

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes an introduction by director Melvin Van Peebles and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05053
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1970
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 9/14/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Melvin Van Peebles
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Jeff Gerber (Cambridge) is a bigoted middle-class man living a middle-class life with his wife Althea (Parsons) and their two kids. Imagine his surprise when he wakes up one night to discover that things have changed; he's now a black man! With no explanation for the transformation Jeff discovers what it's like to live in a black man's world and is ashamed that he ever thought to call another person a Watermelon Man. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture has a dated appearance, with not only a color palette straight from the 1970s, but one that can seem a bit weak in saturation. The picture is generally soft and lacking in fine definition. The source element is revealing of some film grain and dirt, but little is considered excessive. There is occasional edge enhancement and pixelization apparent at times. Most of what is undesirable about this picture is related to the source material, and the visual experience can be generally pleasing at best. (Suzanne Hodges)

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