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Anna And The King

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 44 (Dec 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Jodie Foster, Chow Yun Fat, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2000044
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG-13 for some intense violent sequences.
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 147
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1999
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/31/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andy Tennant
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the diaries of Anaa Leonowens, Anna And The King departs from the usual musical treatment of these memories and is played as a straight drama. Starring Jodie Foster as Anna and Chow Yun-Fat as the King of Siam, we are treated to lovely costumes and gorgeous scenery as we watch the English schoolteacher attempt to fit in with the Siamese customs while she educates the 58 children of King Mongkut. As Anna struggles with her adjustment, The King has his own lessons to learn in the ways of the West. (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a lovely picture. Images are a bit soft, but detail is nicely rendered. Interior colors within the palace are often rich with burgundies, and warm with golds, but sometimes accented with bold reds. Otherwise, throughout the color scheme, hues are nicely balanced with full saturation. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. The finer details, often noticed in costumes, occasionally shimmer. While mostly the picture has a soft, easy appearance, there are a few scenes that are a bit "digital" with some pixelization evident. Edge enhancement is present, and is occasionally bothersome. Minor artifacts are apparent. Overall, the picture will surely please with its rich quality.

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