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Mexican, The

Genre: Action Comedy

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

Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini, Bob Balaban, J. K. Simmons & David Krumholtz

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary, a featurette, deleted scenes, bios, production notes and a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 87822
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/07/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gore Verbinski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Poor Jerry Welbach (Pitt). He is faced with two ultimatums. The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico to retrieve The Mexican: a priceless antique pistol...or be rolled up to the neck in carpet and lit on fire with gasoline. The second is from his girlfriend, Samantha (Roberts), to end his association with the mob or lose her forever. Since being alive and in trouble with Samantha was his choice, he heads south. And when he learns that Samantha has been taken hostage by a hit man (Gandolfini), Jerry knows that he is in more trouble than he bargained for. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.30:1 DVD picture looks gorgeous, with images that are sharp and finely detailed. Colors are often stylized, but are well balanced throughout. Fleshtones appear accurate and blacks are deep and solid. Contrast and shadow delineation are very nicely rendered, with the darkest scenes revealing of good visual information. There is rarely a distraction in the way of edge enhancement or pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

Despite the labeling on the DVD and lack of awareness during its theatrical release, the 5.1-channel soundtrack was actually encoded with Dolby

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