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Man Without A Face, The
Genre: Drama

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

Mel Gibson, Margaret Whitton, Fay Masterson, Gaby Hoffmann, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Masur & Nick Stahl

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 a 10-minute Remembering The Man WIthout A Face featurette and a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 33541
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Mature subject matter
(Retail Price): $19.97
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1993
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/24/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mel Gibson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
DVD jacket is mislabeled 5.1; soundtrack is 2.0.

Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Isabelle Holland, "The Man Without A Face" stars Mel Gibson (who also directs) as Justin McLeod, a disfigured recluse who townsfolk speculate about his tragic past in which he was accused of child molestation. When 13-year old Chuck Norstadt (Stahl) turns to McLeod for tutoring so that he can attain his goal to win a boarding school scholarship, rumors start to spread again. But the two develop a friendship that has a healing power for McLeod and enriches the boy

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture looks quite good, with a nicely saturated color palette featuring accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Images are quite sharp and detailed, with well balanced contrast and shadow delineation. There are few distractions in the way of smearing, edge enhancement, or pixelization for an overall pleasing visual experience. (Suzanne Hodges)

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