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Dirty Pretty Things
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 83 (Apr 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sergi Lopez, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong & Zlatko Buric

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with director Stephen Frears and a six-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33187
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content, disturbing images and language
(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): 97
(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): 03/23/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stephen Frears
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "Dirty Pretty Things," immigrant Okwe (Ejiofor) works at the front desk of a London hotel. After a hooker (Okonedo) sends him up to check on the room she just vacated, Okwe discovers something much more than just an overflowing toilet. However, when he reports to the hotel manager (Lopez) that he has found a human heart, his boss tells him to mind his own business. And with the threat of deportation always on his mind, Okwe learns much more than he ever wanted to about the sinister world surrounding him.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a stylish picture with rich color saturation that occasionally boasts moody overtones, like vibrant oranges or cool blues and greens, in different scenes. Fleshtones are well balanced, and blacks are deep and solid. The picture is sharp and nicely detailed, with pleasing contrast and shadow delineation. There is some edge enhancement and pixelization noticed, but nothing that should be too distracting. Overall, this is a visually creative picture. (Suzanne Hodges)