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Big White, The
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 110 (Jul 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Giovanni Ribisi, Woody Harrelson, Tim Blake Nelson, W. Earl Brown & Alison Lohman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: 3
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a 15-minute featurette "The Big White: An Adventure In Filmmaking" and a photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Echo Bridge Home Entertaiment
(Catalog Number): 44469
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language including sexual references and some violence
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(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): 06/06/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mark Mylod
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Travel agent Paul Barnell (Williams) and his deranged wife Margaret (Hunter) live in "The Big White" state of Alaska. Heavily in debt, Paul tries unsuccessfully to collect on his long-lost brother Raymond's (Harrelson) life insurance policy. Luck comes knocking on Paul's door when he finds a dead body in a dumpster and decides to pass it off as Raymond. But insurance investigator Ted Watters (Ribisi) is suspicious and the guys who did the killing are curious

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture has a slightly harsh, gritty appearance that lacks a smooth quality. Colors tend to appear a bit washed out at times, but with so much white, it is believable that this was a thematic choice (considering the title). Images are generally sharp, though finer details are limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

Well-recorded dialogue is the highlight of the Dolby