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The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Trevor Morgan, Ellary Porterfield & Laura Dern

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include viewing the film with audio commentary by either director Jane Anderson or Julianne Moore, a photo gallery, and two previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 91964
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For thematic elements, some disturbing images, and language
(Retail Price): $19.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/14/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jane Anderson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
If wealth were based on the number of children bore, well, Evelyn Ryan (Moore) would be a rich woman with 10 of them, but this is not the case. Rather she is married to just-one-more-drink Kelly (Harrelson), who also has a hard time holding down a job, so, being the resourceful and talented woman that she is, she enters contest after contest, often selling items won in order to feed her family. Based upon the memoir The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words of Less by Terry Ryan. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
Anamorphically enhanced at 1.85:1, this DVD looks quite nice with a color palette that is perfectly complementary for the the 1950s and 1960s setting. Images are satisfyingly sharp and detailed, with nicely balanced contrast and shadow delineation. The look of the picture provides a nostalgic feel, with clean imagery and little in the way of bothersome edge enhancement or pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

Without much real surround envelopment, the Dolby