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Separate Lies
Genre: Drama

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

Emily Watson, Tom WIlkinson, Rupert Everett, Linda Bassett, Hermione Norris, David Harewood & John Neville

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by writer/director Julian Fellowes, the theatrical trailer, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 22324
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language including some sexual references
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(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): 02/21/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Julian Fellowes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
James (Wilkinson) and Anne (Watson) Manning's housekeeper's husband was hit by a car while riding his bicycle home one day. After the man died, James began to suspect that the dashing and debonair Bill Bule (Everett) had something to do with his death. When Bill admits that he was to blame, James tells him that he has to go to the police and goes home to share the news with Anne. But James is in for a surpirse when Anne claims to be having an affair with Bill and admits that she was the one driving the car. "Separate Lies" is based on the novel "A Way Through The Wood" by Nigel Balchin. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD picture looks quite clean and solid overall, with very nicely detailed images. Facial and clothing textures are often revealed, creating a you-are-there appearance. Colors are rich and well-balanced, with excellent saturation and natural fleshtones. There are very few distractions, with only occasional edge enhancement and rare pixel breakup. This is a very nicely rendered DVD picture overall. (Suzanne Hodges)

The basic Dolby