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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Italian, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 121 (Jun 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Koyla Spiridonov, Denis Moiseenko, Sasha Sirotkin, Andrew Yelizarov, Polina Vorobieva & Dima Zemlyanko

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 are limited to previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 17088
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For some violence, sexual content, language, and thematic issues
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(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): 05/22/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrei Kravchuk
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set in the cold Russian countryside, young Vanya (Spiridonov) is one of the few and fortunate orphans who is to be adopted by a loving Italian couple. But when he learns that this pending adoption would prevent him from ever seeing his birth mom, he throws away his well-to-do future, and sets afoot

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.66:1 DVD exhibits a hazy, undefined picture, with poor black levels and contrast. In night scenes, the color scheme is limited to earthy tones, which, combined with the hazy image, defines the bleakness of the environments. During the day, however, the colors become more vibrant and realistic. While the picture does have its problems, it can be enjoyable. (Danny Richelieu)

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