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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Ben McKenzie, Alessandro Nivola, Celia Weston & Scott Wilson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Amy Adams and Embeth Davidtz; 10 deleted scenes; five short behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Places And Faces" (four minutes), "Singing A Hymn" (five minutes), "Meerkats Gone Wild" (three minutes), "Ashley" (three minutes), and "All Abut Peg" (three minutes); the Amy Adams "Morning Scene" (14 minutes) and Ben McKenzie "Meerkats" (seven minutes) casting sessions; a photo gallery; previews; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11939
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(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): Phil Morrison
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Madeleine (Davidtz), owner of a Chicago art gallery, travels on business with her husband George (Nivola) to North Carolina. Arriving in George's hometown, Madeleine is surprised to meet his odd family: mom Peg (Weston), dad Eugene (Wilson), brother Johnny (McKenzie), and Johnny's pregnant wife Ashley (Adams). Ashley takes an instant liking to Madeleine but the rest of the family gives her less than a warm welcome, and with the sound of the "Junebug" in the night air, Madeleine becomes more and more of a stranger in this new family of hers. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing quality throughout, with colors that are well-balanced with satisfying sharpness. There are some scenes that appear somewhat smeared, but pixelization and edge enhancement are limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

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