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Weather Man, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Gemmenne De la Pe

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include five featurettes: the 10-minute "Extended Outlook: The Script," six-minute "Forecast: Becoming A Weatherman," nine-minute "Atmospheric Pressure: The Style And Palette," 20-minute "Relative Humidity: The Characters," and 16-minute "Trade Winds: The Collaboration." There is also the theatrical trailer, previews, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34365
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For strong language and sexual content
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(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): 02/21/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gore Verbinski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
David Spritz (Cage) is "The" Chicago "Weather Man" who seems to have it all. He makes good money without working too hard, and he's in line for a job on a New York national morning show. But David's personal life is a mess. His Pulitzer Prize-winning father (Caine) is in poor health, he's divorced from his wife (Davis), and his kids are becoming more distant than ever. Hoping to repair the wrongs in his life, David does what he can to get close to his family before distance isn't the only thing separating them. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
Despite having a slightly soft-around-the-edges appearance, the anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD picture is adequately detailed. Colors often have a cool tint, with bluish hues that enhance the Chicago winter, but affect fleshtones and whites. There is some pixelization apparent, and very rare instances in which edge enhancement is noticed. Overall, the look of the picture is complementary to the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

With very limited surround engagement, the Dolby