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Pavilion Of Women
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 59 (April 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Willem Dafoe & Luo Yan

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes an up-front Universal Studios ad, biographies, production notes, and DVD-ROM materials.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21263
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexuality and war images
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/15/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Yim Ho
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Forty years old and tired of her domineering husband, Madame Wu (Yan) arranges for a younger second wife to take her place. Madame Wu finds that not only is she free from her husband and his sexual needs but she has more time for herself, as well. An American missionary and doctor (Dafoe) is helping her son with his studies, and Madame Wu is fascinated with his stories of the western world. As they spend more time together, their feelings for each other grow, and she finds herself and life as she has known it changing, much to the disdain of her son and her husband. Adapted from the novel by Pearl S. Buck. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD has a soft quality, with lots of warm yellow hues and rich reds. The color scheme is well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Although images have a slightly soft appearance, facial and costume details are still nicely rendered. There is some edge enhancement noticed, but pixelization is not a problem. The source element is revealing of a considerable amount of film grain at times, but otherwise the picture is quite clean. (Suzanne Hodges)

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