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Finding Neverland
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 96 (May 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell & Dustin Hoffman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with director Marc Forster, producer Richard Gladstein, and writer David Magee; a 16-minute Magic Of Finding Neverland featurette; a three-minute look at Creating Neverland; a brief glimpse On The Red Carpet of the premiere; three deleted scenes with optional commentary; and a six-minute outtake reel.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 38218
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild Thematic Elements And Brief Language
(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): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/22/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marc Forster
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When James M. Barrie (Depp) happens upon the Davies family in a park one day, he is enchanted by the widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Winslet) and her children. After spending time with the family, his creativity is awakened, and he begins to take steps into Finding Neverland by writing Peter Pan...a play that will crack the slump in his career and become his most famous work. Based on the book The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits images that are complementary to the early-1900s setting of the film. Colors can be richly saturated under warm interior lighting and natural exteriors, though there is a slightly milky quality to the color scheme. Images are sharp and can be nicely textured, though sometimes minor smearing is evident. Edge enhancement can be distracting to finicky viewers, but pixelization is generally limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

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