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Matchstick Men
CD Soundtrack & DVD Widescreen
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman & Bruce McGill

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes an extensive 72-minute making-of featurette (segmented into three production stages); audio commentary by director/producer Ridley Scott, writer Nicholas Griffin, and writer/producer Ted Griffin; the theatrical trailer. Also available in a single-disc version minus the CD soundtrack.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 32955
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Thematic elements, violence, some sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $39.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(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): Ridley Scott
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Special Notes:
Also available in a 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version.

Story Synopsis:
Roy Waller (Cage) and his partner Frank (Rockwell) are professional swindlers who talk people out of giving them their hard earned cash. However, Roy is agoraphobic, neurotic, and compulsive, and his psychological problems are getting the better of him. When he discusses his troubles with his doctor, Roy is forced to face his past mistakes; mainly the fact that he left behind a child. After meeting his daughter Angela (Lohman) Roy

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1-framed DVD picture looks great, with images that are sharp, and with impressively rendered textures and details like facial features, clothing, and even stucco. The picture is quite stylish, with creative use of color that can be naturally balanced, or monochromatic for effect. Contrast and shadow delineation are excellent, further complementing the pleasing picture. Pixelization and edge enhancement are very minor offenders with this picture and really don

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