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Head Of State
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 77 (Oct 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Nick Searcy, Lynn Whitfield, Robin Givens, Tamala Jones, James Rebhorn & Keith David

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes Chris Rock

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 90662
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Language, some sexuality and drug references
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/12/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Chris Rock
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Special Notes:
Also available in a full screen edition.

Story Synopsis:
After the Democratic presidential candidate and his running mate are suddenly killed in an accident, Mays Gilliam (Rock) considers running for Head Of State. With his bail bondsman brother Mitch (Mac) running alongside him, Mays campaigns against Republican candidate, Vice President Brian Lewis (Searcy). But as Gilliam starts to gain in popularity, Mr. Lewis will stop at nothing to make sure that Mays doesn

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD is bright and colorful, with naturally balanced fleshtones and solid blacks. Images are nicely detailed, with crisp textures and definition. Contrast and shadow delineation are excellent. The picture is quite clean, with little in the way of smearing. There is a hint of edge enhancement noticed at times and, on occasion, minor detail breakup from pixelization is noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 soundtracks, as might be expected, feature the music as the predominant spatial element. Otherwise, the dialogue is where much of the audio is focused. Overall fidelity is very good, and voices, though slightly forward in the mix, have been nicely recorded. There