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Billy Liar
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie & Godfrey Winn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
This Criterion Collection edition includes audio commentary recorded in 2000 by director John Schlesinger and actors Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie, and 16 minutes from an episode of the BBC documentary series "Hollywood U.K.: British Cinema In The Sixties."

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): BIL040
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $39.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1963
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/10/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Schlesinger
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Billy Fisher (Courtenay) spends his days in a constant series of daydreams weaving one fabricated story after another, thus earning him the nickname Billy Liar. Many of his visions involve the conquest of fabricated women...but one very real woman, Liz (Christie) may just be the thing Billy needs to bring him back to earth. Based on the novel and play by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits black-and-white images that are rendered in a well balanced gray scale. Images are slightly soft, but detail and definition can be nicely depicted. Scratches, dirt, and grain inherent in the source element are noticed. While edge enhancement can be a problem, there is also a distracting

The Dolby Digital 1.0 soundtrack has the usual inherently distorted and dated fidelity, but does seem nicely restored with a welcome lack of background noise.