This Platinum Series release includes feature commentary with Director Tim McCanlies on Side A. Additional supplements are found on Side B, which adds 10 deleted scenes, and a 26-minute featurette on how the Secondhand Lions screenplay took one wild ride to Hollywood. There is also DVD-ROM content, a 26-minute on-set featurette, a 13-minute highlight on young actor Haley Joel Osment, two visual effects comparisons, the theatrical trailer, TV spots, and DVD-ROM content.
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits beautifully photographed images, though sometimes smeared and lacking natural detail and fine textures. Colors are richly saturated, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks, though sometimes hues appear a bit flat or pasty. Contrast can seem a bit low, but shadow delineation is satisfying. Edge enhancement and pixelization are often apparent, though there are many scenes that are without these distractions. (Suzanne Hodges)The disc also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version of the movie -- not reviewed.
The Dolby Digital Surround EX audio is impressive in fidelity and spatial engagement. The music has been well-recorded and really wraps around the listener. The use of the back surround channel is a contributing factor in this regard. And then at times, all three surround channels are engaged prominently with the music. There
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