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Pretty Persuasion
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 104 (Jan 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Evan Rachel Wood, Ron Livingston, James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Elisabeth Harnois, Selma Blair, Danny Comden, Stark Sands, Michael Hitchcock, Robert Joy & Jaime King

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes six bonus trailers: "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Oliver Twist," "The Gospel," "Sueno," "Into The Blue," and "Saved!"

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 12878
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For strong sexual content and graphic dialogue involving teens, and language
(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): 110
(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): 12/13/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marcos Siega
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Don't let those uniform-clad, perfectly-manicured young ladies of the affluent Roxbury Academy of Beverlly Hills fool you...they are manipulators, liars, and starlets. Enter Kimberly (Wood) who masterminds this Pretty Persuasion with the enlisted help of her two closest friends: Brittany (Harnois), who is in love with Troy (Sands), the hottest of the hotties, and Randa (Adi Schnall), a foreign exchange student fo few words who is just happy to be included. As the seed of sexual assault is planted against their drama teacher, it blossoms into a media storm and entangles the entire community. This film's clever writing and dead-pan delivery were recognized by a Grand Jury Prize Nomination at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits a vibrant color palette that is nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with nicely rendered textures, although some scenes are softly focused. Rarely are edge halos noticed, and there is very little bothersome pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

Music is mixed and recorded well in the Dolby