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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 62 (July 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Halle Berry, Sean Combs & Peter Boyle

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a behind-the-scenes segment, which reveals how focused and unshakable the actors are in the film, no matter how much goofball Billy Bob Thornton tries to shake them; an eight-minute featurette on the music score; four deleted scenes; and two audio commentary tracks: one with director Marc Forster and cinematographer Roberto Schaefer, and a very entertaining commentary with Forster, Thornton, and Berry.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ST7982D
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sexual content, language and violence
(Retail Price): $24.99
(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): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/11/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marc Forster
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Hank Grotowski (Thornton) is a seemingly rigid correctional officer who shares a home with his ailing racist father (Boyle) and a son, Sonny (Ledger), whom he says he hates. But his son teaches him a lesson that permanently changes life as Hank knows it. One night, Hank reluctantly comes to the aid of Leticia (Berry), a beautiful Africa-American screaming for her young son clinging to life after being hit by a car. They soon find themselves to be unexpected soul mates connected by tragic grief and shocking coincidence.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a somewhat desaturated, deglamorized appearance that complements the mood of the film. Images appear sharp and nicely detailed, though some scenes appear a bit soft. Colors are well balanced, if a little muted, with natural fleshtones. The picture can have a somewhat harshly contrasted appearance, with blown-out whites. There is some edge enhancement and a bit of pixelization noticed. Overall, the imagery nicely serves the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

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