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Down From The Mountain
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 56 (Jan 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

The Cox Family, The Fairfield Four, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Chris Thomas King, Alison Krauss, Colin Linden, David Rawlings, The Peasall Sisters, Dan Tyminiski, Gillian Welch, The Whites & Ralph Stanley

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 production notes, bios and a trailer

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 12324
(MPAA Rating): G
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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): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/23/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Label executives and soundtrack producers so loved the music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, starring an extraordinary ensemble cast (including George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman and Holly Hunter) that they brought it to life as a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 24, 2000. Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen loved it so much that they hired famed documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker to record the show for posterity. The result is Down From The Mountain.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD documentary exhibits varying qualities related to the different film formats. While the movie is mostly in color, there are black-and-white scenes, and as well, there is some stock footage. Images are generally sharp, but fine detail is limited. Colors are rich and vibrant, at times bordering oversaturation. Aliasing problems, shimmering details, and edge enhancement are all detected. (Suzanne Hodges)

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