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Rat Race
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 58 (Mar 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Rowan Atkinson, Lanai Chapman, John Cleese, Whoppi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Seth Green, Wayne Knight, Jon Lovitz, Breckin Meyer, Kathy Najimy, Amy Smart, Dave Thomas, Vince Vieluf, Dean Cain, Silas Weir Mitchell & Paul Rodriguez

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WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33684
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexual references, crude humor, partial nudity and language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(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): 01/29/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jerry Zucker
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Rat Race, in order to entertain his wealthiest high rollers, Las Vegas casino tycoon Donald Sinclair (Cleese) pits six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for a two million dollar prize. The motley group vying to claim the fortune includes a mother (Goldberg) and her estranged daughter; a husband and wife team (Lovitz and Najimy); a disgraced football referee (Gooding); a young lawyer (Meyer) who teams up with a helicopter pilot (Smart); a narcoleptic Italian (Atkinson); a manic medical worker (Knight); and two dim-wit brothers (Green and Vince Vieluf). As the contestants race to the grand prize, Sinclair and his wealthy friends, who have placed bets on the winner, are monitoring every racer

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits sharp and detailed images with pleasing contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There is some edge enhancement and evidence of noise reduction, but overall the picture should be quite satisfying. (Suzanne Hodges)

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