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Gus Van Sant's Last Days
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 102 (Nov 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Scott Green, Nicole Vicius, Ricky Jay, Ryan Orion, Harmony Korine, Kim Gordon, Adam Friberg, Andy Friberg & Thadeus A. Thomas

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Side A, the fullscreen side of the disc, includes a 20-minute making-of featurette, a nine-minute on-set featurette highlighting "The Long Dolly Shot," Pagoda's "Happy Song" music video, and a deleted scene.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Home Video
(Catalog Number): 92941
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and some sexual content.
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(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): 10/25/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gus Van Sant
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Inspired by the Last Days of Kurt Cobain, Gus Van Sant (Gerry, Good Will Hunting) directs Michael Pitt (Hedwig And The Angry Inch) in the role of Blake, a tormented recording artist who seems imprisoned on his own property. Avoiding the people who love him, Blake descends deeper and deeper into depression, seeking a release that no one will understand. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing qualities, with nicely saturated colors. Despite minor smearing, images are generally sharp. For the storytelling, the picture is complementary with subtle visuals. Some edge halos and pixel breakup is noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

Without any surround presence and poor staging and directionalization across the front three screen channels, the Dolby