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Down In The Valley
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 114 (Nov 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, Rory Culkin, Bruce Dern, Geoffrey Lewis & John Diehl

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a 21-minute Q&A session with Norton and Director David Jacobson, nine minutes of deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): TH!NKFilm
(Catalog Number): TF-54875
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For violence, sexual content, language, and drug use
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/26/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Jacobson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Doe-eyed Harlan (Norton), a seemingly soft-spoken South Dakota cowboy, and painfully out of place in the San Fernando Valley, has a change of luck when he meets rebellious, and very young, Tobe (Wood). Their whirlwind relationship takes a fast and intense course, and one that exposes Harlan to the seedier side Down In The Valley. And this leads to a sinister spiral with deadly consequences for those in his path. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD picture exhibits a hazy, washed-out appearance, resulting in milky blacks and undersaturated colors. Flesh tones have a pale complexion. Details are generally soft, with fine textures left looking poorly resolved. Edge enhancement is noticeable, but isn

The surround channels are under-utilized in the Dolby