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Being Julia
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 95 (Apr 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Bruce Greenwood, Miriam Margolyes, Juliet Stevenson, Shaun Evans, Lucy Punch, Tom Sturridge, Maury Chaykin, Sheila McCarthy & Michael Gambon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Istv

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 09174
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

some Sexuality
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(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): 03/22/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Istv
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Famous actress and true diva, Julia Lambert (Bening) is struggling with life off-stage. But not long after she dives into an adulterous affair with a younger man does Julia learn that she is being used...and she sets out to win back her pride. Being Julia is based on the novella

DVD Picture:
This period drama, presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, exhibits a slightly soft, somewhat washed out image that tends to be complementary to the subject matter by creating a dated appearance. There is even a gritty texture provided by inherent film grain in the source element that contributes to the dated look. Colors can be warm and nicely balanced, though blacks are slightly weak and milky. Though the picture is soft at times, details can be nicely rendered, and textures are quite satisfying. There are very slight blurry edge halos noticed, and occasional pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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