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Human Stain, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 88 (Sep 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller, Jacinda Barrett, Harry Lennix & Clark Gregg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes an eight-minute behind-the-scenes special and a two-minute film montage tribute to Jean-Yves Escoffier.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34822
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language And sexuality / Nudity.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(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): 07/20/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Benton
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set during 1998, at the height of the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal, Coleman Silk (Hopkins), Dean of Faculty and Professor of Classics at Athena College in Western Massachusetts finds himself involved in a scandal of his own. As he finds his life unraveling before him, Silk does all he can to protect the secret he has been keeping for most of his life, one that even those most near and dear to him don

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits a warm, nicely balanced color palette, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered as well. The picture is mostly sharp, often appearing nicely textured, though other scenes can seem a bit undefined. Unfortunately, edge enhancement can be quite offensive with this title with halos often separating objects from their surroundings, but there is little in the way of obtrusive pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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