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Mysterious Skin
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 103 (Dec 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeff Licon, Bill Sage, Mary Lynn Rajskub & Elisabeth Shue

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 1
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Gregg Araki, Brady Corbet, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; the original theatrical trailer; a 55-minute book reading with Brady Corbet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt featurette; and additional trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Tartan Video
(Catalog Number): TLAD142
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(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): 10/25/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gregg Araki
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After a little league game when he was eight-years-old, five hours disappeared from Brian Lackey's (George Webster) life. Ten years later Brian (now played by Corbet) is a strange young man obsessed with UFOs. Meanwhile his former teammate Neil McCormick (Gordon-Levitt) is leading a very different life as a teenage hustler. Still haunted by the missing hours from his early years, Brian contacts Neil hoping he can give him some answers, and what he finds out is enough to ruin anyone's life. "Mysterious Skin" is based on the book by Scott Heim. While this movie has been praised by critics, the subject is extremely disturbing and is not for everyone, myself included. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 (16:9) DVD picture looks a bit ruddy, especially with regard to fleshtones. However, the color palette is complementary to the 1980

Low-level atmospheric effects are presented nicely around the room in the Dolby