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Oliver Twist
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 105 (Feb 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Ben Kingsley, Jamie Foreman, Harry Eden, Leanne Rowe, Edward Hardwicke, Ian McNeice, Mark Strong & Barney Clark

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include a 29-minute documentary "Twist By Polanski," an 18-minute featurette "The Best Of Twist," and a six-minute look at the diary of the young star in the movie, "Kidding With Oliver Twist." There are also trailers and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13065
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Disturbing images
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(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): 01/24/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roman Polanski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Please sir, I want some more" stated the young orphan "Oliver Twist" (Clark). And the ungrateful little beast was sent away from the orphanage to a much worse place to live. Making his escape, Oliver ends up on the streets of London where he meets a young pickpocket, the Artful Dodger (Eden). The Dodger takes Oliver to meet his gang of delinquents, led by old man Fagin (Kingsley), who takes a shine to Oliver and is determined to teach him the tricks of the trade...whether Oliver wants to learn them or not. From the novel by Charles Dickens. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD has a look that is perfectly complementary to the period of the story. Colors are generally pale with gray overtones, milky blacks, and understated hues. Considering the stylizations, the color palette is still nicely balanced. Images are nicely detailed, with satisfying contrast and shadow delineation. There is some pixelization noticed, but nothing that is too obtrusive. (Suzanne Hodges)

Although dialogue and effects are recorded very well, the Dolby