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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Coyote, Anthony Edwards, Duel Farnes, Daryl Hannah, Nick Nolte, Mark Polish & James Woods

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director/writer Michael Polish and writer/actor Mark Polish, the chaptered 37-minute featurette Bareknuckle Filmmaking: The Construction Of Northfork, a gallery of stills, the Sundance Channel

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34199
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Brief sexuality
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(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): 12/30/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Polish
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A group of men is sent to Northfork, Montana, to convince the remaining residents to evacuate as the town is scheduled to be flooded by the waters of a new hydroelectric dam. But these last few residents of Northfork are not going to make their job easy.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD picture exhibits a stylized picture with desaturated hues that create a lonely and isolating mood. There is very little in the way of rich color saturation, resulting in an almost monochromatic, nearly black-and-white picture that is quite effective for the storytelling. Images exhibit satisfying sharpness and detail, although a soft focus is often used, creating hazy images with glowing whites. A few flecks of dirt are revealed from the source element. Edge enhancement is an occasional distraction, especially in the higher contrast scenes, but there is minimal pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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