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New World, The
Genre: Drama

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

Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, David Thewlis, Yorick Van Wageningen & Q'Orianka Kilcher

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a 59-minute chaptered making-of documentary, the theatrical trailer, the teaser trailer, sneak peeks, DVD-ROM/online features for use in a PC, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N10253
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For some intense battle sequences
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(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): 05/09/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Terrence Malick
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After arriving in "The New World" in the year 1607, the sailors are met by a group of "naturals" dressed in loin cloths and brandishing bows and arrows. While the savages are friendly enough at first, eventually a war breaks out and Captain Smith (Farrell) is captured. While he's with the natives he meets and falls in love with the lovely Pocahontas (Kilcher), but when the two are separated Pocahontas is led to believe that Captain Smith has died. Pocahontas marries John Rolfe (Bale), and hopes that she can get over her true love, but when she discovers that Smith is in fact alive her heart becomes once again filled with hope and confusion. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a hazy, slightly desaturated picture that nicely complements the atmospheric tale of exploration and star-crossed lovers. Images are sharp, with satisfying details and textures. Contrast and shadow delineation are also nicely rendered. Unfortunately, there is some pixelization and occasional edge halos noticed, which create a slightly harsh appearance at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

The well-recorded Dolby