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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Genre: Comedy

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

Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Iain Glen, Ian Richardson, Donald Sumpter, Joanna Miles, Joanna Roth & John Burgess

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features on disc two include a 59-minute interview with Tom Stoppard, a 58-minute interview with Gary Oldman, a 33-minute interview with Tim Roth, a 46-minute interview with Richard Dreyfuss, and a still gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID2562MBDVD
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/22/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tom Stoppard
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Though certainly not as well known as another of Tom Stoppard's screenplays, Shakespeare In Love, "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" is a comical depiction of another play from the days of the Shakespearean era. This time two of the characters from Hamlet, Rosencrantz (Oldman) and Guildenstern (Roth), explore the tale from their own bizarre perspectives. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits satisfying quality, with generally sharp and detailed images and pleasing textures. Color fidelity is generally well balanced, with adequate saturation though fleshtones can seem ruddy at times. Contrast and shadow details seem a bit limited, as some scenes appear a bit too dark and poorly delineated. The source element is revealing of some film grain and artifacts, and a gritty texture at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

With mediocre recording and basic surround integration, the Dolby