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Life As A House
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jamey Sheridan, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Jena Malone & Mary Steenburgen

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Irwin Winkler, producer Rob Cowan and screenwriter Mark Andrus. There are also two original documentaries: the 24-minute Character Building: Inside Life As A House and the 10-minute From The Ground Up. Finally, there are four deleted scenes and production notes under the guise of a theatrical press kit to round out this simple, yet nicely assembled supplemental section for the DVD.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5471
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, sexuality and drug content
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(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): 03/26/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Irwin Winkler
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DVD Picture:
The DVD is anamorphically enhanced and exhibits a generally pleasing picture, with images that can be nicely detailed, but have a soft, slightly smeared appearance. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There are signs of detail loss that could be attributed to noise reduction. Edge enhancement can also be a problem, but its distraction is not always present. Like other Vilmos Zsigmond-photographed scope films on DVD (such as

The 5.1-channel Dolby