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Stepford Wives, The

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 91 (Dec 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman, Tina Louise, Carol Rossen, William Prince & Patrick O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes a 17-minute featurette titled The Stepford Life, which features new cast and crew interviews, the trailer, two radio spots, and a biography of director Bryan Forbes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 38162
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1975
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/22/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bryan Forbes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Ira Levin, The Stepford Wives offers a chilling tale of a picture perfect New England town where every other car is a station wagon and the women who drive them are dedicated to their housework

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released, non-anamorphic DVD reviewed in Issue 33, which exhibited horrible color fidelity and details, this new anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is an improvement. The source element is revealing of more film grain than the previous edition, but the color scheme and definition is more balanced. The picture can also be described as sharp and, at times, nicely detailed. Though the picture does look dated at times, there is little in the way of distracting pixelization or edge enhancement. This DVD is finally the home video release that The Stepford Wives (the movie, not the women) has been waiting for! (Suzanne Hodges)

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