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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano & Zenzo Ngqob

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include two alternate endings

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 50667
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and some strong violent content
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/18/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gavin Hood
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tsotsi (Chweneyagae), whose mother is dying from an AIDS-related illness, becomes a reluctant gangsta in Sorth Africa in order to support himself, and yet he has nicely fit into a life of crime. And it is during a carjacking attempt that he kills a woman, only to discover her infant son is in the back seat. Not sure what to do, he takes the baby with him, and, over time, the hardness developed from a life on the streets is slowly stripped away as paternal instincts take over. Based on the novel by Athol Fugard. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamoprhically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture is clean and solid, with sharp and detailed images that are well defined throughout. Colors are well balanced, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Hues provide style and mood to the imagery. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended for many dim scenes. Pixel breakup is rarely noticed, as bit rate often remains well above 7 Mbps. (Suzanne Hodges)

With an interesting mix to the Dolby