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The Greatest Game Ever Played
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 108 (May 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Peter Firth, Elias Koteas, Stephen Marcus & Josh Flitter

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include the 15-minute "A View From The Gallery: On The Set Of The Greatest Game Ever Played," seven-minute "Two Legends And The Greatest Game," and 25-minute "From Caddie To Champion: Francis Ouimet" featurettes. There is also an audio commentary track with director Bill Paxton and another commentary track with author, screenwriter, and producer Mark Frost; sneak peeks; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 39651
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Brief mild 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): 120
(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): 04/11/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bill Paxton
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Story Synopsis:
In the early 1900's, golf was a game played by wealthy and privileged gentlemen; not by the working class. Francis Ouimet (LaBeouf) was not one of the wealthy, but he had a love for the game and a natural ability that one could not deny. With the U.S. Open being played in Francis' home town, the young unknown qualified to go up against the favored British competitors and his idol Harry Vardon (Dillane). And with his 10-year-old caddy Eddie (Flitter) by his side, Francis had the golf world in suspended disbelief as he played to win. This true story is based on Mark Frost's book "The Greatest Game Ever Played." (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture offers stylized imagery and fantastic costumes to complement the late-19th and early- 20th Century setting. Colors are richly saturated and warm, with nicely balanced fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is sharp and detailed, although some scenes appear somewhat smeared or softly focused. Pixelization is rarely a problem, and there are very few occasions in which objects appear overenhanced. (Suzanne Hodges)

While the surround channels are used for ambient effects and music, the majority of the Dolby