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Saint Ralph
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 104 (Jan 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Adam Butcher, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Tilly & Gordon Pinsent

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with director Michael McGowan, a nine-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, previews, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13116
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Some sexual content and partial nudity
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(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): 12/13/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael McGowan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ralph Walker (Butcher) is a 14-year-old boy who's taking care of himself while his severely ill mother is in the hospital. After getting into trouble yet again at St. Magnus Catholic School, Ralph is ordered to join the cross-country team to release some of his energy. After Ralph's mother slips into a coma he's told that it will take a miracle to wake her up, and shortly after his coach Father Hibbert (Scott) says that it would take a miracle for anyone from the cross-country team to win the Boston Marathon. Convinced that he can make miracles happen, "Saint Ralph" begins training for the grueling race, never thinking for a minute that he might not win. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture looks quite pleasing overall. The picture is clean and solid, with satisfying sharpness and detail. While the color palette can appear somewhat weak, it is quite complementary to the setting of the story. There is no bothersome pixelization, and rarely any edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

Although the Dolby