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Astronaut Farmer, The
Genre: Drama

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

Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, J.K. Simmons, Tim Blake Nelson & Max Thieriot

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 include the 28-minute How To Build A Rocket: The Making Of The Astronaut Farmer featurette, a nine-minute Bloopers And Outtakes reel, and a three-minute conversation with NASA Astronaut David Scott.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 82292
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For thematic material, peril, and language
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(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): 07/10/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Polish
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Former aeronautical engineer and aspiring Astronaut Charlie Farmer (Thornton) decides to fulfill his ambitions by building a rocket to take him into space. However, after Charlie tries to buy 10,000 pounds of rocket fuel, the authorities that be express interest, and he discovers that his problems are much greater than just getting to the moon. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The highly stylized, anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD is very reliant on its hot color scheme, covered in hues of gold and brown. This makes fleshtones look pasty, with little delineation between the shades of each subject. Pixel breakup and compression artifacts can be noticed at times, and strong edge enhancement is prevalent. (Danny Richelieu)

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