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House Of Sand (Casa De Areia)
Genre: Foreign

Reviewed In Issue 116 (Jan 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Seu Jorge, Luiz Melodia, Ruy Guerra, Emiliano Querioz, Enrique Diaz, Jo

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include a 52-minute making-of featurette and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 15720
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For some graphic sexuality
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(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): 12/12/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrucha Waddington
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Next time you're at the beach and you're complaining about sand in your sandwiches or even if you're just sitting at home moaning and groaning about the place you live, pop the "House Of Sand" (Casa De Areia) DVD into your player and you'll get a pleasant reminder of how good you have it. After being dragged by her husband to live in the desert in Northern Brazil, Aurea (Torres & Montenegro), her mother Dona Maria (Montenegro), and eventually her daughter Maria (Facundes, Torres, & Montenegro) all dream of the day they can escape the place they are forced to call home. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits an overly contrasted picture. Noise in the blacks can become a distraction, although shadow delineation is adequate. Details are resolved nicely, but long shots can look smeared. Pixilation and edge enhancement can be noticed at times. (Danny Richelieu)

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