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White Oleander
Genre: Drama

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

Alison Lohman, Robin Wright Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ren

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by director Peter Kosminsky, producer John Wells, and author Janet Fitch; six-minutes worth of additional scenes; the 13-minute Journey Of White Oleander; and a 12-minute making-of featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23414
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Mature thematic elements concerning dysfunctional relationships, drug content, language, sexuality, and violence
(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): 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): 03/11/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Kosminsky
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in a separate pan-and-scan edition.

Story Synopsis:
"White Oleander" tells the story of a young girl and her troubled journey through life. After her mother Ingrid (Pfeiffer) is sent to prison for murdering her boyfriend, Astrid (Lohman) is shuffled first from one foster home straight to another, while trying her best to break free from her mother

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits images that are sharp and nicely detailed, with pleasing contrast and shadow delineation. The picture sometimes has a slightly soft appearance for mood. Colors are organic and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. At times the picture has a gritty texture, but otherwise is quite smooth and solid. Occasionally, edge enhancement can be offensive, and some finer details break up from pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio presentation is quite quiescent in nature. The recording quality is outstanding, particularly with respect to Thomas Newman