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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Bai Ling, Kieu Chinh, Kristy Wu, Ken Leung, Wiu Tun Lee, Tina Chen & Treach

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include eight deleted scenes, a four-minute music video of the Face soundtrack, an extremely annoying three-minute scoring outtake reel, a photo gallery, a storyboard slideshow, the theatrical trailer, sneak previews, and one up-front preview.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Indican Pictures
(Catalog Number): 00172K4D
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 2/07/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bertha Bay-Sa Pan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Face" is the story of Kim (Ling), a woman who gives up her baby Genie (Wu) to be raised by her own mother (Chinh), the child's traditionally Chinese grandmother. With flashbacks from the past but mainly focusing on her present day teenage life, Genie's emotions are put to the test when Kim shows up for her graduation, and her grandmother discovers that she is involved with Michael (Treach), a young black man. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits mediocre picture quality, with colors that appear to be nicely saturated, although fleshtones tend to look a bit brownish. Sharpness is adequate, but finer details are lacking. Some scenes are extremely soft or hazy. Distractions are noticed in the way of pixelization and occasional shimmering details, although edge enhancement is not a problem.(Suzanne Hodges)

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