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Hard Candy
Genre: Thriller

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

Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh & Jennifer Holmes

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include two audio commentaries: the first with Director David Slade and Writer Ian Nelson, and the second with Actors Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson; the 52-minute Creating Hard Candy featurette; nine minutes looking at the controversy surrounding the film

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 20116
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For disturbing, violent, and aberrant sexual content involving a teen, and for language
(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): 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): 09/19/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Slade
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Hayley (Page), a 14-year-old with a 30-something-year-old mind, meets Jeff (Wilson), a 30-something-year-old fashion photographer, in an online chat room, and soon they are meeting for coffee and a ride back to his place in his Mini Cooper. But as drinks are poured, clothes are shed, and secrets revealed, the day takes a surprising turn and the predator becomes the prey. Hard Candy premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture generally looks good, with accurate flesh tones, finely captured details, and vibrant colors. Blacks are deep, and shadow delineation is good enough to convey the details in darkness. Edge enhancement and pixel breakup can distract from the image, especially in high-contrast transitions and long shots. (Danny Richelieu)

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