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The Libertine
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton & John Malkovich

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with director Laurence Dunmore, eight deleted scenes with optional commentary with Dunmore, a featurette titled "Capturing The Libertine," and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Weinstein Company
(Catalog Number): 79406
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For strong sexuality including dialogue, violence, and language
(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): 114
(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): 07/04/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Laurence Dunmore
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
John Wilmot (Depp), the second of Earl of Rochester, is a well-respected writer and notorious ladies' (and sometimes man's) man in 17th Century Europe, but his freewheeling ways soon land him in exile by the not-too-amused Charles II (Malkovich), and cast asunder, he finds solace in the bottle, all while his body succumbs to the ravages of syphilis. The Libertine is based on Stephen Jeffreys' original play. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits stylized visuals that have a gritty texture and are complementary to the 17th-century setting of the story. Colors are desaturated and virtually monochromatic with a hint of yellows and greens. Blacks are, at best, a deep gray in the mostly candlelit interior scenes, giving the picture a smoky appearance. There is little in the way of pixel breakup and edge halos are not a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

Unfortunately, the Dolby