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Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 123 (Sept 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood & Dustin Hoffman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features are limited to a 14-minute featurette "The Story Of Perfume" and previews, which are also forced.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11783
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images
(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): 148
(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): 07/31/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tom Tykwer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Upon his birth, Jean-Baptiste (Whishaw) is left for dead in the wretched and pungent conditions of an 18th-century French fish market. Raised in a harsh orphanage and laboring in a tannery, Jean-Baptiste has acquired an extraordinarily developed sense of smell, and sets out to find the perfect scent. Unfortunately, it seems be takes his obsession too far when he begins killing young women in hopes of capturing the essence that escapes him. "Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" is based on the novel by Patrick Suskind. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The stylized, anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD exhibits good resolution, and the grimy color scheme matches the storytelling very well. Black levels are not overly deep, actually more gray than black, which can make the darker scenes look washed out and flat. Images can have a digital harshness to them and edge enhancement is noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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