DVD jacket is mislabeled 5.1; soundtrack is 2.0.
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
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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