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Book Of Love
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Chris Young, Keith Coogan, Aeryk Egan & Michael McKean

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes the R-rated director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N6941
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(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): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): TBA
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Shaye
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Originally scheduled for release on 03/02/04. Release is now TBA.

Story Synopsis:
Oh, I wonder, wonder, wonder, ooh, ooh, ooh, who wrote the Book Of Love? Newly divorced Jack Twiller (Young) goes on a nostalgic trip back in time as he flips through his 1956 high school yearbook. Remembering what it was like to be the new kid in school, the average American guy spent his days hanging out with Crutch (Coogan), Peanut (Egan), and the rest of his gang and, of course, always looking for love. Based on the novel Jack In The Box by William Kotzwinkle. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD opens with a sharp and nicely detailed picture, but as the movie flashes back to the past, the picture takes on a nostalgic soft glow to complement the setting. Colors are nicely saturated, though fleshtones can appear somewhat orange at times. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely balanced for the storytelling. Sensitive viewers may occasionally detect smearing and detail loss that suggest the overuse of digital video noise reduction. Edge enhancement is not much of a problem, but some pixelization can be noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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