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Shall We Dance
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopex, Susan Sarandon, Stanely Tucci. Lisa Ann Walter, Richard Jenkins, Bobby Cannavale, Omar Miller, Anita Gillette, Ja Rule & Nick Cannon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Peter Chelsom, a six-minute Beginners Ballroom featurette, a 23-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a four-minute highlight on the music of Shall We Dance, Pussycat Dolls "Sway" music video, five deleted scenes with optional commentary, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 39202
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexual References And Brief Language.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/01/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Chelsom
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Despite a wonderful marriage to Beverly (Sarandon) and being blessed with two great kids, John Clark (Gere) is searching for something more in his life. On a whim, he signs up for ballroom dancing lessons, but neglects to include his wife in his new hobby. She becomes suspicious of his late nights and hires an investigator...only to be relieved that he is not having an affair, but hurt by his secret. Shall We Dance is based on the Japanese film of the same name, written by Masayuki Suo. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits a well-balanced, nicely saturated color scheme (especially in the dance competition segment). Images are nicely detailed with pleasing textures, contrast and shadow delineation. Very slight edge enhancement is occasionally noticed, and pixelization is also quite limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

Although the Dolby