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Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 115 (Dec 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Jane Lynch, Amy Adams & Andy Richter

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include a 25-years-later commentary, seven deleted/extended scenes, a less-than-three-minute gag reel, five minutes with alternate dialogue lines, interviews with Ricky and Cal or Cal and Carley, five minutes of footage with Will at Talladega, additional race footage, the theatrical trailer, NASCAR DVD-ROM enhancements (so, gentlemen, start your computers), and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 14842
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For crude and sexual humor, language, drug references, and brief comic violence
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/12/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Adam McKay
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Born in the backseat of a speeding car, Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) was destined to drive fast...and drive fast he does. So fast, in fact, he is the much-beloved speed demon of NASCAR, complete with the blonde trophy wife (Bibb), a handsome (and a handful) pair of sons, and a to-die-for mansion. Oh, he is living the life, until Jean Girard (Cohen), a flamboyant European racer, lays down a huge speed bump in Ricky's perfect life. Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby was given a thumbs-up by guest critic, Jay Leno, on Ebert & Roeper. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture can look very good, with bright, vibrant colors, deep blacks, and well-resolved details, though fleshtones can be a little too red. There are also moments when details can be almost completely lost, with the image looking blurry and out of focus. It is a disappointment that the picture is not more consistent, because in its best moments, it can look good. (Danny Richelieu)

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