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WSR Detailed DVD Review
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Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 119 (Apr 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps & Amthony Mackie

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Ryan Fleck and Writer/Producer Anna Boden, seven minutes of outtakes, three deleted scenes and four extended scenes, and Raymefest

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 17858
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For drug content throughout, language, and some sexuality
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(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): 02/13/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ryan Fleck
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Mr. Dunne (Gosling) is a seemingly idealistic middle-school teacher in inner-city Brooklyn, who motivates his students by day...and does drugs by night. But when his drug use enters his day, and he is found by one of his students, Drey (Epps), incapacitated in a bathroom urinal, he discovers he has a real problem. A problem that could not only jeopardize his career, but very well end his life. Gosling

DVD Picture:
The gritty nature of the story is picked up well with the stylization of the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 picture. In most scenes, heavy film grain and a truncated, earthy color scheme point out the harshness of the moment, while the more promising scenes, like those in the school, are more vibrant and natural

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