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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 109 (Jun 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Burt Young & Carrie Preston

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features include viewing the film with audio commentary by director Duncan Tucker, a 19-minute conversation with Tucker and Felicity Huffman, a 10-minute conversation with Tucker and Kevin Zegers, "Travelin' Thru" music video by Dolly Parton, a four-minute making-of the music video featurette, a four-minute blooper reel, and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Weinstein Company
(Catalog Number): 79039
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For sexual content, nudity, language, and drug use
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(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): 05/23/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Duncan Tucker
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bree (Huffman), a transexual eagerly awaiting her final gender reassignment surgery, hits a bump in the road when she discovers she has a son, Toby (Zegers), who is currently in a New York City lockup, the result of a one-time encounter when she was Stan, and her therapist requires her to confront her past before she can proceed with her future. So, with this motivation, she flies east to retrieve Toby, who thinks she's just a good-hearted missionary, and convinces him to trek westward to Los Angeles. It is during this journey each discovers who they are, and what they may become. Transamerica earned Felicity Huffman a Golden Globe. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits Super 16 originated images that are slightly gritty, but not uncommon for a low-budget indie like this. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Sharpness and details are adequate throughout, and contrast and shadow delineation are satisfying. While this picture does not have a slick, polished look, the visuals are suitable for the storytelling. Pixelization is limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

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