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Interpreter, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 103 (Dec 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen & Yvan Attal

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes an alternate ending, two minutes worth of deleted scenes, a 10-minute From Concept To Screen conversation with director Sydney Pollack, five minutes worth of Pollack's views on widescreen vs. pan-and-scan (show this to your friends who still don't get it), audio commentary by Director Sydney Pollack, an eight-minute featurette on The Ultimate Movie Set: The United Nations, and an interesting eight-minute featurette on A Day In The Life Of Interpreters.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 25835
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence, some sexual content, and brief strong language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 128
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/04/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sydney Pollack
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In a dark corridor of New York's United Nations headquarters, Silvia Broome (Kidman) is The Interpreter who overhears a potentially explosive secret about a planned assassination attempt on a visiting foreign leader. Suddenly, Silvia's orderly, quiet life is turned upside down as she becomes a target of the conspirators. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller (Penn), Silvia's world grows more nightmarish as Tobin digs deeper into Silvia's past and begins to question whether she is a victim...or a suspect. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD looks great, with colors that are well balanced and richly saturated, offering natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with nicely rendered contrast and shadow delineation. Finicky viewers may notice edge enhancement at times, but generally the halos are not a serious distraction. Pixel breakup is not a problem with this title, as the picture is quite clean and solid throughout. (Suzanne Hodges)

Coincidently, for a movie about someone who listens to voices all day, the dialogue in the Dolby