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Passion In The Desert
Genre: Drama

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

Ben Daniels & Michel Piccoli

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
The theatrical trailer is the only supplement.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID1452LIDVD
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For violence including some depictions of barbarism, and for nudity.
(Retail Price): $9.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1997
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/06/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Lavinia Currier
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
While traveling through the Egyptian desert in 1798, Officer Augustin Robert (Daniels) and painter Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis (Piccoli) became separated from the group they were with. Augustin went off alone in search of help but became lost and disoriented. Surprisingly, he found "Passion In The Desert" from the most unusual source...a wild leopard appeared, and the two natural enemies formed a relationship built on trust and respect. From the novella "A Passion In The Desert" by Honor

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD picture exhibits sharp and nicely detailed images overall, although some scenes are softly focused. Colors are generally well-balanced, with satisfying fleshtones, but slightly weak blacks. The picture can have a flat, undefined appearance at times. The source element is revealing of some film grain and dirt. Edge enhancement and pixel breakup are minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)

With a wide and deep stereo spread, the Dolby