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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Duane Hopwood
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

David Schwimmer, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Susan Lynch, Steven R. Schirripa, Jerry Grayson, Brian Tarantina, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., John Krasinski & Dick Cavett

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with David Schwimmer and director Matt Mulhern and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 93299
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language.
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 83
(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): 04/25/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Matt Mulhern
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Duane Hopwood" (Schwimmer) works the night shift at Caesars, loves his ex-wife (Garofalo) and two daughters, and drinks too much. After getting pulled over, drunk, with his daughter in the back seat Duane's life starts going downhill fast. He loses his license and has to ride his bicycle to work. Just when he thinks that things can't get much worse, he's fired from his job and loses his visitation rights with his kids. At the end of the line, Duane finally realizes that he's hit rock bottom and considers that maybe it's time to give up the only constant in his life

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture has a dim, drab quality, with a low contrast look. There are some creative sequences with a completely washed out color scheme that is a unique complement for the storytelling. Pixelization and edge enhancement are not much of a problem with this DVD. (Suzanne Hodges)

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