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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Julie Walters, Nicholas Hoult & Miranada Richardson

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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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 16602
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some language and brief sexuality.
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(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): 11/21/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard E. Grant
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ralph Compton (Hoult), growing up in British-controlled Swaziland, has quite a lot on his plate. The product of an adulterous mother (Richardson) and an alcoholic father (Byrne), he is sent away to boarding school after his mother abandons the family, only to return home to learn his father has married an American stewardess, Ruby (Watson). Adjusting to his new home situation proves difficult, but with his passion for acting and new-found romantic interest

DVD Picture:
With milky gray blacks and pallid fleshtones, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture can look flat and sickly. Details are generally well resolved, although it is not consistently so. Pixelization can be a problem, and edge enhancement is recognizable throughout. (Danny Richelieu)

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