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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Julie Andrews, Max Von Sydow, Richard Harris

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a ten-minute featurette, "The Making Of Hawaii" and the theatrical trailer. You are also given the option of watching the film with the overture and exit music on or off. An upfront piracy ad is also shown.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1008152
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 161
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1966
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/12/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): George Roy Hill
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After five years of preparation and two years of production, James A. Michener's novel "Hawaii" was finally brought to the big screen. For over 30 generations the people of Hawaii were away from the rest of the world and had the island all to themselves. But once the white man arrived everything changed, and although Reverend Abner Hale (Von Sydow) and wife Jerusha (Andrews) came with good intentions, there were those who did not welcome the changes they brought with them. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits an obviously dated picture, as colors offer variably rich saturation with flickering hues. Fleshtones can appear a bit brownish, and blacks are deep, and often undefined. The picture is adequately detailed in some scenes, while seriously smeared or blurry in others. Edge enhancement is rarely noticed, and there is no distracting pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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