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High Fidelity

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 43 (Nov 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

John Cusack, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Joelle Carter, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Lili Taylor, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Tim Robbins

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Extra features include interviews with writer/producer John Cusack and director Stephen Frears, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. Top reason why not to buy this DVD: forced, non-pauseable, non-stoppable, non-fast forwardable trailer ads for two bad movies and

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20349
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for language and some sexuality.
(Retail Price): $32.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/19/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stephen Frears
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity stars John Cusack as Rob Gordon, owner of Championship Vinyl a record store much like Spin Records here in Temecula; much like every non-chain record shop on the planet. All is right at the store

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD looks great, with images that are sharp and detailed except scenes in which Rob is reminiscing about the girls on his Top 5 Break-Ups List. While colors are not necessarily vibrant, they are nicely balanced with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Shadow delineation is excellent. Night club and nighttime scenes are revealing of good visual information in the darkness. The transfer is very clean, with very few incidents of pixelization or artifacts. Only a few artifacts were detected.

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