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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus
Genre: Drama

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

Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin & Jane Alexander

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include two deleted scenes with optional commentary by Director Steven Shainberg, a 13-minute Fur: HBO First Look featurette, feature commentary with Shainberg, the theatrical trailer, sneak peeks, DVD-ROM material, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N10678
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language
(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): 122
(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): 05/01/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Shainberg
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Diane Arbus (Kidman) didn't realize how unhappy her life was until she met Lionel Sweeney (Downey Jr.). From the moment she lay eyes on the masked stranger, she was drawn to the hairy beast, letting her obsession for him become more important than anything else. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus is a film that invents characters and situations that reach beyond reality, in tribute to the photographer, and it is inspired by the book Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
While fine detail resolution in the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD can be wanting, resolution is generally adequate. Fleshtones and contrast are well balanced, and black levels are adequately well rendered. Shadow delineation can be lacking, however, as darker scenes can look very flat. Edge enhancement is not overly intrusive, and pixel breakup is very rare. (Danny Richelieu)

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