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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 65 (Oct 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville & Penelope Wilton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes the 14-minute A Look At Iris, a special message by David Hyde Pierce, and a six-minute segment of the Alzheimer

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 25749
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexuality/nudity and some language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(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): 08/20/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Eyre
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The young Iris Murdoch (Winslet) met and fell in love with John Bayley (Bonneville), a shy young man who was enthralled with her outgoing personality and ways. After the two married, Iris went on to become a famous novelist and philosopher with John always at her side. As the couple aged, Iris (Dench) began to experience forgetfulness and dementia but her ever-devoted husband John (Broadbent) never left her side. Told through the eyes of her husband, this is the true story of the life of an extraordinary woman and the devotion of the man who loved her. Based on John Bayley

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture has a soft character, though detail can be nicely rendered. Colors are nicely balanced, and complement the period of the story with rich and warm hues and deep blacks. Edge enhancement and pixelization create distractions throughout. Dirt, scratches, and film grain, which are inherent in the source element, are noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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