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Matador, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker & Adam Scott

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 a seven-minute "Making The Matador" featurette; commentary with Director Richard Shepard; commentary with Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, and Shepard; 11 deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Shepard; two Radio Spots with director Richard Shepard; the theatrical trailer; a TV Spot; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Weinstein Company
(Catalog Number): 79159
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/04/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Shepard
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Danny Wright (Kinnear) is a happily-married salesman who's on a business trip in Mexico City. While sitting at a hotel bar he makes the acquaintance of obnoxious guy Julian Noble (Brosnan), but Danny eventually does warm up to him. The following day the two of them go to a bullfight and as "The Matador" is doing his thing, Julian divulges his little secret

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD delivers a clean and nicely rendered picture with some of the most vivid colors you have ever seen. Hues are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. There is little in the way of bothersome pixelization and no obtrusive edge halos for a picture that should surely please throughout. (Suzanne Hodges)

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