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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Not One Less

Genre: Drama

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

Wei Min Zhi, Zhang Huike, Tian Zhenda, Sun Zhi Mei, Gao Enman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer and bonus trailers for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05275
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(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): 08/22/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Zhang Yimou
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Wei Minzhi is a shy 13-year-old girl living in the poverty of rural China. Suddenly she finds herself taken to a remote village to be a substitute teacher for a classroom of somewhat unruly children who are not much younger than she. She is told that if she can keep the entire class of 28 students together for one month, she will receive a bonus. When one little boy runs off to the city in search of work to support his needy family, the young teacher goes after him, determined to bring him back. Based on the book

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits beautiful cinematography that is easy-on-the-eyes. Colors are nicely balanced with rich hues, generally accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Occasionally, colors seem a but exaggerated. Images are sharp and detailed, though a little "digital" with enhanced edges. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. Occasional pixelization is apparent, but it is edge enhancement that distracts from this otherwise beautiful picture.

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