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Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Stephen Fry & Gillian Anderson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
The constantly changing title/menu page on this DVD is very good. Additionally, special features include the 12-minute Complete Tony Wilson interview with Steve Coogan, three deleted scenes, four scene extensions, 19 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, commentary with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the theatrical trailer, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 93283
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and sexual content
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(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): 07/11/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Winterbottom
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Okay, let's see if you can follow this. The story of 18th-century "Tristram Shandy"'s (Coogan) life (and what "A Cock & Bull Story" it is) that's playing on the big screen is really a movie being made. But to confuse things even further, the reactions and goings-on of the 21st-century filmmakers who are working on the "unfilmable" classic novel are alternately being thrown in between scenes. Based on the novel "The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy" by Laurence Sterne. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits generally sharp and detailed images that can be soft and hazy at times. Colors are nicely balanced and well saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is quite smooth and solid, with little bothersome pixel breakup and no obtrusive edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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