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In My Country
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 99 (Aug 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson & Menzi "Ngubs" Ngubane

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with director John Boorman, four deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, six interviews: five minutes with Juliette Binoche, 12 minutes with director John Boorman, 16 minutes with screenwriter Ann Peacock, 13 minutes with producer Robert Chartoff, 16 minutes with producer Lynn Hendee, and eight minutes with producer Mike Medavoy. There are also two previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 07008
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language, including descriptions of atrocities, and for a scene of violence.
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/05/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Boorman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In 1994 South Africa's apartheid system was overthrown and amnesty was offered to the perpetrators of racial long as they told the truth and could prove that they were following orders, while facing their victims and admitting their guilt in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Some of the stories of the 21,800 who testified are re-enacted in "In My Country." Langston Whitfield (Jackson) and Anna Malan (Binoche) were very different journalists with different beliefs who were there to cover the events as they unfolded. As their friendship developed, the two different colored people discovered that they weren't so different after all. Based on the book "Country Of My Skull" by Antjie Krog. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits varying qualities depending on the source element and the stylized intended look. While some scenes are deeply saturated with vibrant colors, others are virtually colorless. The picture can also exhibit pleasing balance, with natural fleshtones, although blacks often lack true depth. The cinematography wonderfully captures the sprawling African locations. Rarely is there any bothersome edge enhancement, but pixelization can be noticed at times. The picture quality is perfectly adequate for the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

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