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Friday Night Lights
Genre: Drama

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

Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund & Tim McGraw

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with director Peter Berg and writer Buzz Bissinger; deleted scenes; a one-minute discussion of a scene by Peter Berg, followed by the three-minute scene itself; "Tim McGraw: Off The Stage," which is six minutes on the country star's introduction to the big screen; "The Story Of The 1988 Permian Panthers," a 24-minute featurette with the cast, crew, and others involved with the 1988 football team sharing their thoughts and feelings on the real team; cast and filmmakers filmographies; and DVD-ROM features, which are available for computers with Windows 95 or later. There are also upfront ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 25476
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Thematic Issues, Sexual Content, Language, Some Teen Drinking And Rogh Sports Action.
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(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): 01/18/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Berg
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
There's not much in Odessa, Texas to get excited about. Nothing, that is, but their championship high school football team. On "Friday Night" when the kids get out on the field under the "Lights," there's plenty of excitement in the air. Coach Gaines (Thornton) is determined to make this year another winning season but the pressure on the boys, both on the field and off, guarantee that he's got his work cut out for him. Based on a true story, which took place in west Texas, 1988 and on the book by H. G. Bissinger. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a stylish, gritty appearance that is visually complementary to the football action and drama. Colors are striking, with natural fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. The busy handheld camerawork can be a bit sickening on larger home theatre displays, as the movement continues even when the action is minimal. Smearing and loss of finer details is occasionally noticed, as is some pixel breakup. However, edge enhancement is not much of a problem with this picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

With hard-hitting bass and surround activity appropriate for big venue football games, this Dolby