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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Foreign

Reviewed In Issue 129 (Mar 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer & Ludvine Sagnier

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by Director Laurent Tirard, a making-of featurette (30 minutes), and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 21465
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For some sexual content
(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): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/22/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Laurent Tirard
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
It is the year 1644 in Paris, France and a young actor, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (Duris), also known as Moli

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.31:1 DVD shows good resolution, with sharp fine details that reveal the fabrics and textures in the picture nicely. Color balance is nicely rendered, but the entire image can have a somewhat washed-out look, with elevated black levels and somewhat washed-out fleshtones. Skin can occasionally look too pink in outdoor scenes. Some of the darker scenes can show decent blacks, but they are still not as inky as in the best releases. Edge enhancement can be seen at times, and pixel breakup can be recognized as well. (Danny Richelieu)

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