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Hotel Rwanda
Genre: Drama

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

Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix & Nick Nolte

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by Paul Rusesabagina and director Terry George, with select commentary by Wyclef Jean; a separate selected scenes commentary by actor Don Cheadle; a 28-minute Message For Peace: Making-Of Hotel Rwanda; a 15-minute documentary Return To Rwanda, the theatrical trailer, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1008501
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(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): 4/12/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Terry George
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When civil war erupted in his country in 1994, Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle), host manager of the poshest Hotel in Rwanda, used his resources and status to save his family and over 1,000 Rwandan refugees. With the rest of the world just looking on and the United Nations in the country only as peace keepers, this compassionate man opened his home and fought against impossible odds to save himself and those in danger of being slaughtered. (Suzanne Hodges & Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a very pleasing, natural looking color palette, with accurate fleshtones, warm hues, and deep blacks. The picture is generally sharp and detailed throughout, with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. Unfortunately, edge enhancement is a problem with this title, with the annoying white halos apparent throughout the feature. there is also some pixelization noticed, with the occasional breakup of finer details. (Suzanne Hodges )

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