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Painted Veil, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 122 (Jul/Aug 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones & Diana Rigg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features are limited to the theatrical trailer and up-fronts ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 58557
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images, and brief drug content
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(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): 05/08/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Curran
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Which is worse: To marry when not in love or to ask for a hand when you know that the love is not returned? This is just one of many struggles that Kitty (Watts) must face while on a medical mission in remote Shanghai with her husband, Dr. Walter Fane (Norton). Well, then there's the issue of infidelity. Yet when all seems lost in this 1925 period piece, the human spirit never ceases to amaze. The Painted Veil is based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD can often look rather flat and wanting in clarity, especially in medium and long shots, which are also plagued with compression artifacts and pixel breakup. Black levels are deep, and the entire presentation has a very dark appearance that matches the story. Edge enhancement can be noticed throughout, but is not overly distracting. (Danny Richelieu)

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