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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Dark Comedy
Reviewed In Issue 45 (Jan/Feb 2001) Of Widescreen Review®
Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Alan Rickman, Gore Vidal, Brian Murray, Rebecca Jenkins, Harry J. Lennix, John Ottavino, Robgert Stanton, Jack Black, Matthew Faber, Matt McGrath, Shannon Holt, Brent Hinkley, Bob Balaban, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Robert Hegyes, Helen Hunt, Pamela Reed, James Spader, Susan Sarandon, Fred Ward, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn & Kelly Willis
DVD jacket erroneously indicates a 1.33:1 full screen presentation. Jacket also erroneously indicates anamorphic enhancement. The disc features a non-anamorphic widescreen edition.
Bob Roberts (Robbins) is a fencing enthusiast, poet, radical star folksinger, businessman, senatorial candidate, and major-league right-wing wacko
The 1.50:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced, is mislabeled on the packaging as being 1.33:1 and anamorphic. Image quality is suitable for the mock documentary. Film footage varies, but overall, images are generally sharp and detailed, with fine details appearing slightly smeared. Sometimes images are downright soft. Colors are fully saturated and well balanced, with fleshtones that occasionally appear brownish. Edge enhancement and aliasing artifacts are noticed, as is pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)
Since Issue 5 (my first), I focused on reviews of Laser Discs and now DVDs, and From The Editor's Couch. Also, WSR has a lot of punch in the new equipment features. The technical essays have been superb! My home theatre setup depended (and still depends) on knowledge gained from WSR. WSR has become the media reference for me with regard to picture and sound quality assurance in display equipment and widescreen entertainment (movies, music events, and documentaries). I still do not have Issues 1 through 4 or the Premiere Special Edition of WSR and hope you put them on the subscribers' site eventually, so that I can giggle at some of the early typos and slips (if you leave them in). However, I'm sure that the early editions make for interesting historical reading as well, because I believe WSR has moved the display industry forward through the pushing the envelope attitude of Gary Reber. Carry on.