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Personal Velocity
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 72 (May 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk, Wallace Shawn & Ron Leibman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
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 director Rebecca Miller; an additional track with cinematographer Ellen Kuras and gaffer John Nadeau; a 30-minute conversation with Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk and Miller, and including interviews with Kyra Sedgwick; a 14-minute on-set featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1004258
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Brief violence, some strong sexuality and language
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(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): 03/18/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rebecca Miller
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Personal Velocity" explores the lives of three different women each of whom are trying to escape the sadness of their past. Delia (Sedgwick) grew up in an unhappy, fractured household and married an abusive man when she was young. Greta (Posey) was raised as the daughter of a successful lawyer (Liebman) but could do nothing to please him no matter what she did. Full of self doubt, she chose a career editing cookbooks after dropping out of law school. And Paula (Balk) also came from an unhappy home where she ran away and moved in with her boyfriend. When she found herself pregnant, she took off one more time and picked up a young boy who had obviously just been beaten. As the three very different but very much alike women embark on their journeys, one has to wonder if they are really running from their past or just creating newer versions of their same lives. Based on the book by Rebecca Miller. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a DV-originated picture that has a soft, somewhat hazy appearance, with images that can lack fine texture and definition except in the extremely invasive close-up shots like those in Chapter 14. Colors have a washed out appearance, with especially weak blacks, though fleshtones can appear quite natural at times. Aliasing problems and moir

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack has been deliberately styled with often a predominantly mono soundstage presence. Holosonic