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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 106 (Mar 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Natasha Richardson, Ian McKellen, Marton Csokas & Hugh Bonneville

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
The only special features are 11 minutes of previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33431
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For strong sexuality, some violence, and brief language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(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): 01/17/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Mackenzie
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dr. Max Raphael (Bonneville) moves his wife Stella (Richardson) and young son Charlie (Gus Lewis) to the beautifully green London countryside when he assumes the position of Deputy Superitendent of a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. Bored and neglected, Stella begins a right-under-their-noses affair with handsome (and manipulative) inmate Edgar (Csokas), who has taken a sudden interest in horticulture. When their secret is discovered, the lives of all those involved spirals rapidly out of control. Based on the novel by Patrick McGrath. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits imagery that is nicely rendered. Colors are well-balanced with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Minor edge enhancement is occasionally noticed, but pixelization is rarely a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

While music is mixed using each of the available channels, the Dolby