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Little Man Tate

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 54 (Nov 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Harry Connick, Jr. & Adam Hann-Byrd

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with Jodie Foster and a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1002361
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1991
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/04/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jodie Foster
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
He was barely out of diapers when his mother (Foster) realized that Fred Tate was different. The boy is a genius, an exceptional artist, and a gifted pianist. But all Little Man Tate wants, at seven years old, is to have a friend to eat lunch with. In a last ditch attempt to encourage his potential, and to break him out of his boredom in elementary school, his somewhat detached mother enrolls him in a school for exceptional children. Little does she know that Fred would end up more isolated than ever. This is a wonderful directorial debut by Jodie Foster with a compelling screenplay by Scott Frank. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is generally pleasing, with images that are sharp, though detail and fine definition are limited at times. Colors appear nicely balanced with deep blacks, though fleshtones can appear a bit reddish. Contrast appears a bit low at times, but shadow delineation seems satisfactory. Edge enhancement can be bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)

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