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Missing, The
Widescreen Special Edition
Genre: Western

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

Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Eric Schweig, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Steve Reevis, Ray McKinnon, Val Kilmer & Aaron Eckhart

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Disc Two includes three alternate endings; 11 deleted scenes; five behind-the-scenes featurettes (ranging from 5 to 16 minutes), including the 29-minute Making The Missing; a three-minute outtakes reel; cast, production, and location photo galleries; and two Ron Howard short films: The Deed Of Daring Do; Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore And Death; and Old Paint. There are also six featurettes in which Ron Howard offers his views on such topics as home movies, editing, and his love of westerns. There are also some up-front ads, but I

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 02544
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 137
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/24/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ron Howard
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Special Notes:
Also available in a 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version.

Story Synopsis:
When drifter Samuel Jones (Jones) approaches the ranch of medicine woman Maggie Gilkeson (Blanchett), his presence is not welcomed. Samuel is the father who abandoned Maggie and her family years before to live with the Apaches. Shortly after Maggie sends her father away, her two young daughters

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1-framed DVD picture does not have the warm dusty look of your typical Western genre movie. Rather, the image is cold and dark to complement the suspenseful storytelling. There is an abundance of cold blues and deep but undefined blacks in the night scenes, while the New Mexico locations during the day are presented in highly contrasted, earthy tones. Viewing in a completely blackened room is required because the picture can appear just a bit too dark at times with a dropoff of visuals in the darker scenes. The picture is sharp with satisfying detail and textures. There is a little bit of edge enhancement noticed on occasion, but the distraction is infrequent and likely to only catch the attention of the pickiest viewers. Pixelization, however, can give the picture a

The overall sound design of this Dolby