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Bee Season
Genre: Drama

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

Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross, Max Minghella & Kate Bosworth

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, commentary by producer Albert Berger and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, six deleted scenes with optional commentary by directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the five-minute featurette "The Making Of Bee Season," and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2232882
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Thematic elements, a scene of sexuality, and brief strong language
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(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): 04/04/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Scott McGehee & David Siegel
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Myla Goldberg, "Bee Season" is the story of a father's obsession with wanting his daughter to become the best that she can be. After winning a spelling bee, young Eliza (Cross) finally gets the attention she has been lacking from her obsessed and sometimes distant family. But as her father (Gere) continues to work with and coach his young daughter, his fixation on her talent distances himself and threatens to destroy the rest of his family. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture is quite lovely, with nicely saturated and well-balanced colors. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, although some scenes are softly focused for effect. Contrast and shadow delineation are very naturally balanced. There is some minor pixel breakup, but no bothersome edge enhancement. Overall, this is an easy-on-the-eyes picture that is perfectly satisfying for the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

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