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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen & Sandra Oh

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, seven deleted scenes and notes by director Alexander Payne, a seven-minute featurettes, the theatrical trailer, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2227589
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, Some Strong Sexual Content And Nudity.
(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): 127
(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): 04/05/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alexander Payne
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tightwad aspiring novelist Miles Raymond (Giamatti) has planned a sophisticated weeklong wine country trip for his buddy Jack (Church), who is getting married. At first, the two delve into the fine art of wine-tasting, but Jack really wants to just get drunk. The trip finally goes Sideways, when Jack decides to have a last hurrah with the first available bachelorette. Aggravated, Miles must learn to loosen up, while Jack learns a lesson in morality. Based on the book by Rex Pickett. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture has an intentionally soft, hazy appearance. Colors are nicely balanced with accurate fleshtones and understated, but natural hues. Blacks are generally deep throughout. There is some film grain noticed in the source element, but nothing too distracting. Minor edge enhancement is apparent on occasion, and there is also some occasional pixelization. Overall, the picture is satisfying and suitable for the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

Although the Dolby