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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Thing About My Folks, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 106 (Mar 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Falk, Paul Reiser, Olympia Dukakis & Elizabeth Perkins

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
The only special features are the trailer, sneak peeks, and DVD-ROM/Online features available for use on a PC only.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10150
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For language, including some suggestive references
(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(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): 02/14/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Raymond De Felitta
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Thing About My Folks," thinks Ben (Reiser), is that they've been happily married for a lot of years. So, no one is more surprised than him when his dad (Falk) shows up unannounced with news that Ben's mother (Dukakis) has left him with nothing more than a note left on the refrigerator. Not knowing what to do with dear old dad, Ben invites him to accompany him on a trip upstate to look at some property. And what starts out as a simple drive to the country turns into a making-up-for-lost-time journey unlike anything either one of them could have planned. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture is a little bit dim, with a color palette that tends to look a bit ruddy. Still, images are generally sharp and detailed with satisfying contrast and shadow delineation. Minor edge enhancement and pixelization are noticed, but overall this is a generally pleasing picture that is acceptable for the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

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