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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 96 (May 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of the single disc and two-disc Special Edition includes audio commentary by director Bill Condon, up-front trailers, and an anti-piracy up-front PSA.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2227860
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive Sexual Content Including Some Graphic Images And Descriptions
(Retail Price): $27.98
(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 With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/03/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bill Condon
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dr. Alfred Kinsey (Neeson) was an entomologist with a keen interest in gall wasps, which evolved to human behavior and human sexuality. Inspired by troubles he and his wife had in the early days of their marriage, Kinsey took on the taboo subject of sexual behavior in the sheltered American culture of the 1940s. When he published a controversial book on the subject in 1948, titled Sexual Behavior In The Human Male, Kinsey helped to lift the weight of doubt and shame from a society in which sex was hidden. Kinsey later went on to publish Sexual Behavior In The Human Female in 1953, a time when little seemed to have improved on the subject...though the doors of communication about sex had finally been opened. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a perfectly satisfying and complementary look for the setting of the film. Colors exhibit excellent balance and saturation throughout. The picture is sharp and detailed, with excellent textures and definition. Peppered with black-and-white scenes and stock footage to remind viewers of the period in which the story takes place, the picture is an effective element of the story. There is little bothersome edge enhancement or pixelization to distract. (Suzanne Hodges)