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Two For The Money
Genre: Drama

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

Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante, Jeremy Piven & Jaime King

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by director D.J. Caruso and screenwriter Dan Gilroy; an 11-minute making-of featurette; a 16-minute insider interview with the real Brandon Lang: Brandon Link; eight deleted scenes with optional commentary by either Caruso or Gilroy; the theatrical trailer; and TV spots.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 28495
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive language, scene of sexuality, and a violent act
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(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): 01/17/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): D.J. Caruso
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Brandon Lang (McConaughey) is a former star football player who finds himself in a dead-end job after a career-ending injury. But his incredible skill and remarkable stats at picking winning football bets comes to the attention of a gambling tycoon. Walter Abrams (Pacino) decides to build an empire around Brandon Lang, but forces him to reinvent himself and change his name to "John Anthony" to embrace the glitzy new lifestyle. However, John can't pick the winners like Brandon can, and Brandon must find himself before he and Walter lose everything. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a fantastic color scheme, with rich hues that pop from the football field in the opening scene. Drab greens wash a cubicle riddled office under fluorescent lighting. And hues are naturally balanced in a smoky sports bar. Images are also quite sharp and nicely detailed, although some scenes appear a bit soft. There is no obtrusive edge enhancement, but pixelization can be a problem for this otherwise pleasing DVD picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

Although each of the channels are used frequently in the Dolby