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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 132 (June 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney, Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, Brian F. O'Byrne & Rosemary Harris

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features include a feature commentary track by cast and crew, a 24-minute making-of featurette, the original theatrical trailer, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): CAP48575DVD
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

A scene of strong graphic sexuality, nudity, violence
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(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): 04/15/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sidney Lumet
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Andy (Hoffman) is an overextended payroll executive working for a real estate firm, but he believes he has found the solution to his monetary woes. Andy hatches a plan to rob a mom-and-pop jewelry store in suburban New York, enlisting his younger brother Hank (Hawke) to aid him in the crime. The twist is that the store the brothers have targeted to rob belongs to their elderly parents. When the robbery is botched, the patriarch of the family, Charles (Finney), pursues the robbers at all costs, vowing to make them pray they are in heaven an hour Before The Devil Knows You

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD shows a somewhat hazy image, with elevated black levels and a general flattening of the apparent dimensionality. Outdoor contrast can be too hot, with whites looking blown out. Fleshtones generally look natural, although there are times when they can look overly pale. Shadow delineation is somewhat lacking, and while compression artifacts aren

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