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Where The Heart Is

Genre: Drama

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

Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Joan Cusack, James Frain, Dylan Bruno, Keith David

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2000634
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, language and sexual content.
(Retail Price): $34.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(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): 10/31/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Matt Williams
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Natalie Portman is Novalee Nation, a young, pregnant girl abandoned by her scuzzy boyfriend in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart parking lot. Taken in by a delightful free spirit (Channing) and befriended by a man-crazy nurse (Judd), Novalee strives to make a life for herself and her daughter Americus (Mackenzie Fitzgerald) with the help of her new friends and the bitter, but kind librarian (Frain) who delivered her baby. Based on the novel by Billie Letts, Where The Heart Is is as pleasant and casual a movie as a midwestern dawn. And it

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD is sharp and detailed with nicely rendered shadow delineation and contrast. Visual information is nicely rendered in the darkest scenes, especially when Novalee spends her nights in a Wal-Mart. Colors are quite pleasing, with naturally rendered fleshtones, rich hues and deep blacks. Overall the picture is easy-on-the eyes, with very few distractions.

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