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Amateurs, The
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 130 (Apr 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, Lauren Graham, Glenne Headly, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, Valerie Perrine, Jeanne Tripplehorn & Isaiah Washington

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
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 a making-of featurette Behind The Scenes With The Amateurs (26 minutes), a commentary track by cast and crew, a photo gallery, the original theatrical trailers, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): First Look Studios
(Catalog Number): FLP-12159
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(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): 02/12/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Traeger
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Every time Andy Sargentee (Bridges) starts thinking, the entire population in his hometown of Butterface Fields gets a bit nervous. In this small town where anything at all involves everybody, Andy has come up with a genius idea to make all of their dreams come true. With the support of five close friends as the crew, and the townspeople as the stars, Andy hatches a plot to produce a feature-length porno film, in order to make them all rich and famous. It is not long until The Amateurs making the film find that it is more difficult to do than they originally anticipated, threatening the production of the movie. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD can look overly soft, with generally poor resolution. Black levels are fairly milky, but shadow delineation is nicely rendered. Color balance is somewhat washed-out, which flattens the image. Fleshtones are too reddish. The brightest whites bloom as well, which can be somewhat distracting. Some pixel breakup can be recognized, and edge enhancement is also noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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