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History Boys, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 120 (May 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour & Stephen Campbell Moore

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Director Nicholas Hytner and Writer Alan Bennett, a 14-minute world tour featurette, and 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. Plus up-front previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2242519
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and sexual content
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/17/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Nicholas Hytner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Eight boisterous and bright teenaged students from an oh-so-common English school have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to possibly enter the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge. But, according to their Headmaster (Clive Merrison), they are in need of extra tutoring, and this comes in the form of their acid-tongued history teacher, Mrs. Lintott (de la Tour), and their quote-spewing literature teacher, Hector (Griffiths). But they need more. Something fresh and edgy. And fresh-faced Irwin (Moore) is just the challenge they need. The History Boys is based on the Tony

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD often looks flat, lacking the dimensionality that the best releases possess. A hazy fog seems to cloud the image, shrouding detail in the blacks, and generally raising the black level into grays. Details are not resolved as well as on the best releases, and minor edge enhancement can be noticed throughout. (Danny Richelieu)

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