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Big Picture, The
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Kevin Bacon, Emily Longstreth, J.T. Walsh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael McKean & Teri Hatcher

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by Christopher Guest and Kevin Bacon, three deleted scenes, and filmographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05264
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1988
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/08/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Christopher Guest
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Nick Chapman (Bacon) is a young filmmaker who agrees to compromise his project in order to make a feature film in Hollywood. All seems to be going well, despite his original film butchered beyond recognition, until Nick finally sees "The Big Picture" in cut-throat Tinseltown. When he finds himself back to square one, Nick sets out to prove himself to the agents and studio executives who let him down. This humorous satire is more conventionally produced when compared to writer/director Christopher Guest

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits images that have a soft or hazy quality, though details can be nicely rendered at times. Colors are warm with pinkish overtones that affect whites and fleshtones, though blacks are generally deep. Contrast can seem a bit low at times, limiting detail in the darker scenes. Minor pixelization and edge enhancement are noticed. In general, the picture has a typical

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