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Dying Gaul, The
Genre: Drama

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

Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott & Robin Bartlett

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include an alternate ending, three deleted scenes, and nine previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13815
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For strong sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(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): 03/21/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Craig Lucas
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Playwright Robert (Sarsgaard), deeply in debt and still distraught over his lover's death, sells his true-to-life script, "The Dying Gaul," to high-powered producer Jeffrey (Campbell) with one catch: he must change his lover's name to that of a female in order to make it a bankable movie. His distress is momentarily eased as a friendship with Jeffrey and his wife Elaine (Clarkson) forms, but soon these newly-found relationships become nothing but lies coupled with betrayals, finally ending in a myriad of shattered lives. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture looks sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures. Colors are well balanced and richly saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The source element is revealing of some film grain and minor flecks of dirt at times, especially scenes that simulate the email conversations between the characters. (Suzanne Hodges)

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