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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 93 (Feb 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley & Fern Persons

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc Collectors Edition includes audio commentary by director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo, the theatrical trailer, and bonus trailers. Disc Two offers a new 30-minute exploration into the Truth Behind The Legend of Hoosiers, which features interviews with the cast, crew, and the real people who inspired the movie; 13 deleted scenes with optional commentary; footage of the Milan vs. Muncie Central 1954 Indiana High School Championship Game; and a still gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1006011
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1986
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 3/01/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Anspaugh
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This stand-up-and-cheer film takes place in Hickory, Indiana, in the 1950s--a place that takes its basketball as seriously as its religion. Norman Dale (Hackman), a once hailed, now-failed star college basketball coach, takes up the unenviable task of coaching Hickory High

DVD Picture:
After two non-anamorphic DVD releases, Hoosiers is finally released in anamorphic widescreen. The 1.82:1 DVD picture still has a slightly dated appearance, but looks much better than the previous DVDs with regards to clarity, sharpness, and color balance. Hues are nicely saturated and well balanced, with pleasing flesthones, warm hues that are complementary to the nostalgic storytelling, and deep blacks. The source element is revealing of some film grain, but there are no obtrusive artifacts or dirt. Some softness is still inherent as well, but details can be quite satisfying at times. At times, images can look a bit

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