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Christmas With The Kranks
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 102 (Nov 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Erik Per Sullivan, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey & M. Emmet Walsh

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: NR
DD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 04861
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Brief Language And Suggestive Content
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(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): 11/08/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joe Roth
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Christmas With The Kranks" just won't be the same this year. Their only child Blair (Gonzalo) won't be home for the holidays, and the whole idea of celebrating has got Luther (Allen) and Nora (Curtis) feeling blue. So, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas and head to the Caribbean instead. Friends and neighbors try to convince Luther and Nora to stick with tradition, but they won't be swayed. However, when Blair calls with a sudden change of plans, Christmas becomes full of surprises all the way around. Based on the novel "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD picture exhibits generally pleasing quality, with a satisfying color palette. While details can be adequate, there seems to be a soft veil that compromises sharpness. Still, the picture is satisfying for the storytelling. Pixelization can be a problem at times, but edge enhancement is limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

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