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Boxcar Bertha
Martin Scorsese Film Collection
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 93 (Feb 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey & John Carradine

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1003247
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/08/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin Scorsese
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
During the Depression "Boxcar Bertha" (Hershey) was queen of the gun toters, a fun-loving love 'em and leave 'em type girl. However, after meeting union man Big Bill Shelly (Carradine), her heart was lost forever. The lovers and their gang made a name for themselves robbing trains, and their antics grew from small time thefts to much bolder robberies. But all good things must come to an end, and Bertha realized all too late that she was not as invincible as she had thought, and life wasn't as easy as she had imagined. Based on characters contained in "Sister Of The Road"

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture has a bit of a dated appearance, but exhibits nicely saturated colors. Images are generally sharp and detailed, though a few scenes are soft or smeared. Some film grain in the source element contributes a gritty texture to the picture at times, but other times, the imagery is solid and clean. There are some flecks of dirt (major and minor alike) noticed as well. Details drop off in the darker scenes, with deep, undefined blacks engulfing any piece of visual information. (Suzanne Hodges)

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