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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 42 (Oct 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Jason Robards & Melora Walters

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5029
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong language, drug use, sexuality and some violence.
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Disc 1: DVD-9/Disc 2: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 188
(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): 08/29/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul Thomas Anderson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set amid the streets of the San Fernando Valley, Magnolia follows one day in the seemingly unconnected lives of nine very different people. Primarily revolving around a kid

DVD Picture:
Color styles, as well as lighting, were weighed very heavily by director P.T. Anderson and cinematographer Robert Elswit in the making of

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  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
After installing and running the PCFriendly compatible components for this title, you are brought to a very plain, but effective, DVD-ROM main menu. This menu only gives you three links: Play, Website, and Exit. The Website link takes you to the original theatrical Web site, and you must have an Internet connection established to view it. Once connected to the site, an image of a magnolia appears, with the faces of seven of the main characters of the film imposed onto it. If you click these, you are given a quote from the film by each character. After the quote fades away, a picture and introduction of the character appear on the screen. Also on the Web page are links to download each of the three trailers used for promoting the film, 36 still images from the film, and a link to a new Web site about the soundtrack. This new Web site includes a clip to one of the songs on the soundtrack, and a button where you can buy the soundtrack online. When playing the movie from the PCFriendly software, it loads directly to the DVD Video main menu, which looks to be anamorphic that is not stretched out. I am very disappointed with this title. I was totally expecting something to go along with this title. There literally is nothing included. The only "special" feature you get is a link to the Web site, which has been available to everyone since December 1999. (Danny Richelieu)