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Saddest Music In The World, The
Genre: Musical

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Mark McKinney, Isabella Rossellini, Maria De Medeiros, David Fox & Ross McMillan

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 three short films from director Guy Maddin, a making-of featurette, a highlight on the cast, the theatrical trailer, and teasers. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1007029
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some sexuality and violent images
(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): 100
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/16/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Guy Maddin
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
During the Great Depression in Canada, the legless beer baroness Lady Port-Huntly (Rossellini) announces a contest calling a search for The Saddest Music In The World, with the hopes that it will increase the sales of her ale. Fantastically filmed with the look and sound of movies from a nearly-forgotten era, this unforgettable musical drama

DVD Picture:
Viewers will easily be fooled into believing that this anamorphically enhanced DVD picture is sourced from 70-year-old film elements. However, the look is intentional and perfectly depicts the storytelling with black-and-white images that are extremely soft, blurry, and especially gritty with inherent film grain from the source element. There are occasional scenes with washed-out monochromatic blue color. This DVD delivers the incredibly artistic picture as it is supposed to appear, with no obtrusive edge enhancement and only minor pixel breakup. (Suzanne Hodges)

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