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Great Debaters, The

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Drama

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

Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Jermain Williams, Gina Ravera, John Heard & Kimberly Elise

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features on this two-disc set include on Disc One: three deleted scenes, a 23-minute featurette The Great Debaters: A Historical Perspective, two music videos:

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Genius Products
(Catalog Number): 81158
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality
(Retail Price): $32.95
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(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): 05/13/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Denzel Washington
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) is an outspoken professor at Wiley College, a small predominately black East-Texas school, who boldly challenges the discriminatory Jim Crow laws in the 1930

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.36:1 DVD shows impressive resolution, with fine details delivered nicely to the screen. Black levels are deep, and shadow delineation is nicely rendered. Contrast is balanced very well, and the image has an enjoyable sense of dimensionality. Color fidelity is quite good, with natural fleshtones and naturally vibrant colors. Edge enhancement, which can be especially distracting in bright scenes with high-contrast transitions, is the only defect of this picture. (Danny Richelieu)

While the Dolby