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Save The Last Dance

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 52 (Sept 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Terry Kinney & Fredro Starr

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by the director, a K-Ci & Jo Jo music video (

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33455
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG13 for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/19/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Thomas Carter
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Save The Last Dance, budding ballerina, Sara (Stiles) is on her way to Julliard when her mother is killed in an accident. Sent to live with her father in an inner city Chicago neighborhood, Sara is an uncomfortable outsider until she is befriended by Chenille (Washington) who helps her begin her adjustment into the school. But then, she meets Chenille

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a nicely rendered picture -- one that is sharp and detailed, with good depth and definition. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Blue overtones often give the cold harsh appearance that enhances the storyline of the main character

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features very nice fidelity and a convincing sense of immersion with the music. This is simply pleasant film sound to experience, in terms of its sheer holosonic nature, notably from Mark Isham