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Shallow Hal
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 63 (Aug 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli, Rene Kirby, Bruce McGill, Tony Robbins, Susan Ward & Zen Gesner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by the Farrelly brothers, 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary, a 14-minute HBO making-of featurette, a 22-minute Comedy Central special, a make-up featurette, a brief stunts featurette, and a Shelby Lynne music video (

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2004008
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Language and sexual content
(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): 114
(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): 07/02/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
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Story Synopsis:
Hal Larsen (Black) is a shallow man who lusts after beautiful, young, sexy women. After being hypnotized by self-help guru Tony Robbins, Hal is made to see only the inner beauty of women while being blind to what their outward appearance looks like. When he meets Rosemary Shanahan (Paltrow), he sees her as a gorgeous blonde with a drop-dead figure, but in reality she

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits a pleasing picture, with colors that are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with good contrast and shadow delineation. Some scenes appear somewhat soft. Edge enhancement is sometimes noticed, but there is no distracting pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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