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Beyond The Sea
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 98 (Jul 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Scacchi, Caroline Aaron, Peter Cincotti, Michael Byrne, Matt Rippy, Gary Whelan & William Ullrich

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include the 17-minute featurette "Bobby's World: The Making Of Beyond The Sea," commentary with actor/director Kevin Spacey and producer Andy Paterson, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 17231
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Some Strong Language And A Scene Of Sensuality
(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
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/07/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kevin Spacey
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In an incredible performance, Kevin Spacey (who knew this guy could sing?!) stars as the adult Bobby Darin (William Ullrich is the young Bobby) in "Beyond The Sea." While filming the story of his life, Bobby takes a look back on where it all began, starting from his diagnosis of rheumatic fever to his love of music. With encouragement from whom he believed to be his mother (Blethyn), Bobby would not give up his dream and went on to be a star. But the young Bobby keeps the older Bobby in line and makes him remember things as they truly were. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD picture exhibits stylized imagery that is complementary to the storytelling. Colors are often awash in a veil of blues or greens that affect blacks, whites, and fleshtones; but other times the color palette is naturally balanced. Blacks often lack true depth. There are interesting and creative transfers between color and black and white, with a gray scale that is nicely contrasted (at times with a hint of color). The picture exhibits satisfying sharpness and detail, but sometimes it appears soft or slightly smeared. Edge enhancement is occasionally noticed and there is also some pixelization. Overall, this is a stylized visual experience that is often pleasing. (Suzanne Hodges)

The dialogue and music driven Dolby