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Sopranos: The Complete First Season, The

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico & Nancy Marchand

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Audio commentary with creator David Chase is available for the first episode and the fourth disc offers a 77-minute interview with Chase conducted by Peter Bogdanovich, two short behind-the-scenes featurettes, a list of awards and honors, excellent cast and crew biographies, an episode summary, series index and DVD-ROM extras.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Home Video
(Catalog Number): 99273
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $99.98
(DVD Type): Discs 1-3 DVD-9, Disc 4 DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 680
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1999
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 12/12/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Chase, Daniel Attias, Nick Gomez, John Patterson, Allen Coulter, Alan Taylor, Lorraine Senna, Tim Van Patten, Andy Wolk, Mathew Penn & Henry J. Bronchtein
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Story Synopsis:
The first thirteen episodes of the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning HBO series, The Sopranos are brought to you here in all their widescreen splendor. Tony Soprano (Gandolfini) is your average joe; a middle-aged guy with an attentive family, lots of nearby relatives and friends, a not-too-secret mistress, a shrink to tell his troubles to, and a steady a mob boss. (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
The four DVDs in the set exhibit each episode anamorphically enhanced at 1.78:1. Fairly consistently throughout the set, each episode exhibits sharp and nicely detailed images. Colors are rich and well balanced, with nicely rendered fleshtones, and deep, endless blacks. Though sometimes imagery is a bit dark, shadow delineation and contrast are nicely rendered. Pixelization is noticed throughout and can be quite distracting, with quite a bit of movement noticed in fine details like clothing, but edge enhancement is rarely a factor. (Suzanne Hodges)

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