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Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 110 (Jul 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Julio Cesar Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones & Melissa Leo

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by actors Tommy Lee Jones, Dwight Yoakum, and January Jones.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 14825
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, violence, and sexuality
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(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): 06/06/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tommy Lee Jones
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Throwing political caution to the wind, Pete Perkins (Jones) hires illegal Mexican Melquiades Estrada (Cedillo) as a ranch hand, but their budding friendship is brought to a sudden halt when he is illegallly gunned down by Border Patrol Agent Norton (Pepper) and then buried in a shallow, unmarked grave. Having none of this, Pete kidnaps Agent Norton, and they emark on a journey to properly bury his friend. The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada is Tommy Lee Jones's directorial debut. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits naturally balanced color scheme, featuring accurate fleshtones and generally deep blacks. Sharpness is satisfying, with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. There is some pixel breakup evident at times, and bit rate dedicated to the picture is well below 5 Mbps. Sometimes the picture can have an edgy appearance, but blatant edge halos are not terribly obtrusive. (Suzanne Hodges)

Dialogue is recorded well in the Dolby