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Death To Smoochy
Genre: Dark Comedy

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

Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener, Danny DeVito, Jon Stewart, Harvey Fierstien, Michael Rispoli, Pam Ferris, Danny Woodburn, Vincent Schiavelli

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Danny DeVito and cinematographer Anastas Michos, an eight-minute behind-the-scenes documentary; 10 additional scenes; a four minute outtake reel; an Interactive Ice Show; and a Magic Cookie bag full of stills, production and costume designs, art materials; cast and crew filmographies; and DVD-ROM features.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23303
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language and sexual references
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(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): 09/17/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Danny DeVito
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in a pan-and-scan edition.

Story Synopsis:

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a movie colorful enough for a kids show, but with lurking shadows deep enough to give the picture a visually dark edge. Fleshtones appear natural, hues are rich and vibrant, and blacks are truly deep and endless. The creative cinematography is depicted with sharp and detailed images, and excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Unfortunately, edge enhancement can be bothersome at times, and there is some pixelization that can break up the otherwise smooth picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

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