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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Romantic Comedy

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

Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt & Lena Olin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes a 13-minute Creating An Adventure featurette, a five-minute Dressing In Style highlight, a six-minute extended sequence Hidden In Plain Sight, a three-minute highlight on-location in Venice, and audio commentary by director Lasse Hallstr

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 40644
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For some sexual content
(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): 111
(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): 04/25/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Lasse Hallstr
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The handsome and very busy ladies man Casanova (Ledger) spends most of his time fornicating (for which he is charged by the Inquisition), flirting, and running across rooftops to escape the law. When he is ordered to find a respectable wife or face death by hanging, he prematurely selects the virginal seductress Victoria (Natalie Dormer)...but then falls madly in love with the feminist writer Francesca (Miller). Through a series of mishaps, mistaken identities, and a celebrity makeover for Papprizzio

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a nice color palette that complements the mid-1700s setting of the story. Hues are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. While there are some softer scenes in which details and textures are not quite apparent, the Venician setting is presented with satisfying sharpness throughout. There is limited pixelization and rare edge halos, making for a picture that is clean overall. (Suzanne Hodges)

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