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Woodsman, The
Genre: Drama

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

Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Eve, Mos Def, David Alan Grier, Michael Shannon & Benjamin Bratt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Besides upfront ads, special features include the theatrical trailer, a five-minute interview with producer Lee Daniels as he talks about the Woodsman, "Getting It Made," three deleted and extended scenes, and seven previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11001
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexuality, Disturbing Behavior And Language.
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(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): 04/12/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Nicole Kassell
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After serving a 12-year prison sentence for child molestation, Walter (Bacon) is released from prison and reintroduced back into society. With the only family support coming from his brother-in-law Carlos (Bratt), Walter moves into an apartment and gets a job. He begins a relationship with co-worker Vicki (Sedgwick) but still has a hard time fitting into society. Not only does Walter have his own inner demons to contend with, but Sergeant Lucas (Def) is watching his every move, and nosy receptionist Mary-Kay (Eve) is determined to discover his secret. "The Woodsman" is based on the play by Steven Fechter. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing, if understated image quality, that nicely serves the storytelling. Images are sharp, and contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered for this mostly dim picture. Colors are well balanced throughout, appearing quite natural but rarely vibrant. Edge enhancement can be a bit bothersome for picky viewers, but pixelization is limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

Each of the full-range channels are used well in these DTS