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Notorious Bettie Page, The
Genre: Drama

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

Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Sarah Paulson, Cara Seymour, David Strathairn & Lili Taylor

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
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 commentary with Gretchen Mol, Writer/Director Mary Harron, and Writer Guinevere Turner; a 15-minute Inside Look At The Pin-Up Queen Of The Universe; a three-minute silent and umm...revealing Presenting Bettie Page clip; the theatrical trailer; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 93295
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For nudity, sexual content, and some language
(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): 91
(Color Type): B/W With Color Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/26/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mary Harron
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Who would have thought that such a pretty, conservative young lady would grow up to be known as The Notorious Bettie Page (Mol)? After leaving her home in Tennessee for New York City, Bettie got to work on her new career. Modeling for a photographer on the side, her part-time job became full time, and before she knew what was happening, pin-up Bettie found herself at the center of a pornography scandal. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
Although the black-and-white anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 presentation shows adequate gray scale gradation, whites can be blown-out, creating a halo effect around subjects in brightly lit scenes. The deeper shadows can be slightly flat as well, with the fine detail all but removed. Edge enhancement and pixelization are not a problem. Later in the movie, it switches to full color, with dated color fidelity that matches the period well. (Danny Richelieu)

With a broad stereo stage, the Dolby