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Prairie Home Companion, A
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 114 (Nov 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Stars:
Marylouise Burke, Woody Harrelson, LQ Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Meryl Streep & Lily Tomlin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
Internet Links
www.APrairieHomeCompanionMovie.com

Special Features
Special features include Onstage At The Fitzgerald: A Music Companion, which are extended segments of ten musical and six advertisements that appear in the film; a 49-minute Come Play With Us: A Feature Companion featurette; commentary with Director Robert Altman and Kevin Kline; the soundtrack preview of 16 different songs; the theatrical trailer; sneak peeks; DVD-ROM features; and up-front ads.


 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N10541
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For risque humor
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/10/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Altman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Somehow, in the age of television, a radio variety show called A Prairie Home Companion managed to survive some fifty years after it should have died. Performed live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, a few hundred people showed up every Saturday night to watch their favorite entertainers put on the show. But unbeknownst to all one particular rainy Saturday, it was time to call it a night, the party was over, the lights were going out, and they wouldn’t be coming back on again...ever. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
With an image that is neither sharp nor chromatically pleasing, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture can be difficult to watch. Skin-tones have a pasty complexion, and the picture is generally of such poor detail that it looks fuzzy. (Danny Richelieu)

Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack can be fully active at times, but generally the surrounds are not utilized as well as they could be. Dialogue is generally well recorded and played back, but it can sound boxy and underdeveloped in the treble. The soundtrack is not exciting, but it isn’t terrible. (Danny Richelieu)



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