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Le Placard (The Closet)
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 57 (Feb 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Daniel Auteuil, Gerard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte, Mich

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 23826
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $32.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(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): 11/13/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Francis Veber
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Francois Pignon (Auteuil) is a dull, disliked accountant who is contemplating suicide after learning that he is to be fired from his company after 20 years. His neighbor, Belone (Aumont), comes up with a plan to save his life...and his career. But it involved Francois coming out of The Closet, even though he was never in it. Suddenly, co-workers at the condom factory are interested in dull Francois, and his bosses won

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits generally sharp images that can also be somewhat undefined at times. Colors are nicely saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast appears to be well balanced. The picture has a "hard" appearance, with evident edge enhancement, and there is some shimmering and pixelization also detected. The source element is revealing of some dirt and film grain. (Suzanne Hodges)

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