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The Ape
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 108 (May 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

James Franco, Brian Lally, Allison Bibicoff & Stacey Miller

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3
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Critics' Composite Score: 1
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with James Franco, a nine-minute interview with James Franco, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): TLA Releasing
(Catalog Number): TLAD154
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(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): 03/07/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): James Franco
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
All he needs to be able to write a truly great novel, thinks Harry Walker (Franco), is some alone time. So he leaves his wife and son at home and moves into a quiet apartment to begin writing his masterpiece. But quiet time is not to be had when within minutes of moving in Harry gets a big distracting interruption. It seems that "The Ape," (Lally) a big English-speaking gorilla dressed in a Hawaiin shirt, is part of the deal and he has no plans of leaving Harry alone to do his writing. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.80:1 DVD picture exhibits a pleasing color palette, with well-balanced fleshtones, nice saturation, and deep blacks. While images are generally sharp overall, the picture has a bit of a harsh appearance, with minor edge halos and is lacking in fine definition. There is also some pixel breakup noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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