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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

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

Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, Amira Casar, Blythe Danner & Michael Gambon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Nearly six minutes of unpassable up-front ads are enough to make anyone depressed by this DVD. Even more depressing, there are no extras.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23958
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexuality/nudity and language
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 2/10/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Christine Jeffs
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The poet Sylvia Plath (Paltrow) was an intensely depressed woman who tried committing suicide more than once in her youth. After meeting British poet Ted Hughes (Craig), the two fell in love and married, and Sylvia lived happily for a brief time. Always suspecting her husband of infidelity and suspicious of his every move, her depression deepened with every passing year of marriage. And in the end even the love of her two children and a promising career ahead of her could not save Sylvia from herself. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture can be slightly soft and lacking in finer details. Colors are often nicely saturated, though many scenes are awash in hues that support a certain mood or setting. It seems the more depressed Sylvia gets, the color stylistically and creatively drains from the picture. Fleshtones appear well balanced, and blacks are deep but undefined. Edge halos are noticed throughout, and there is also occasional pixel breakup. (Suzanne Hodges)

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