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Stranger Than Fiction.
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 119 (Apr 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson, Tony Hale, Tom Hulce & Linda Hunt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include the following featurettes: Actors In Search Of A Story (19 minutes), Building The Team (8-1/2 minutes), On Location In Chicago (10-1/2 minutes), Words On A Page (9-1/2 minutes), Picture A Number: The Evolution Of A G.U.I. (17 minutes), and On The Set (three minutes); an extended scene and a deleted scene; previews; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 15407
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language, and nudity
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/27/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marc Forster
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sometimes life is Stranger Than Fiction. Like when IRS Agent Harold Crick (Ferrell) starts hearing a voice that appears to be narrating his life as he lives it. With the help of Professor Jules Hilbert (Hoffman), Harold discovers that Karen Eiffel (Thompson), an author who is famous for killing off her lead character, has made Harold the star of her next novel. But after meeting the lovely Ana Pascal (Gyllenhaal), Harold has reason to live and becomes determined to track down Eiffel and ask her to keep him alive. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a very pleasing image, with well-captured details, healthy fleshtones, and well-balanced contrast. Deep blacks are rarely present, but shadow delineation is good, with details in the darker scenes easy to pick out. Details are very well rendered, with each of the different textures depicted well. This is a very good picture. (Danny Richelieu)

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