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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 105 (Feb 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Kambule, Harriet Lehabe & Camilla Walker

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes an entire-feature commentary with director Darrell James Roodt and upfront ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 92648
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For pervasive language
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/10/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Darrell James Roodt
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Living in the remote and worlds-away village of Rooihoek in South Africa, Yesterday (Khumalo) is raising her seven-year-old daughter Beauty...who is just full of questions...while her husband is away mining. Having very little money and none of the conveniences that we take for granted, like adequate medical care, are the least of her worries when she discovers she is HIV positive. Journey with her as she confronts this often misunderstood illness, fighting each step to achieve a single goal--to see her daughter attend school. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards, and sanctioned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits imagery that is often smooth and very nicely rendered. Images are sharp and detailed, with pleasing textures. Colors can be richly saturated and well balanced, with a very natural and warm appearance that is complementary to the African setting. Only occasionally does the picture appear smeared. Some edge enhancement and pixelization can be noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

Although their use is subtle, the surrounds are used quite frequently in the Dolby