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Sweet Land
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 123 (Sept 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Elizabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee, Lois Smith, Ned Beatty, Alan Cumming, Alex Kingston, John Heard, Paul Sand & Stephen Pelinski

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Reaser, Editor James Stanger, Producer Gil Bellows, and Writer/Director Ali Selim; an 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette (Sweet Land: A Labor Of Love Story); the theatrical trailers; and up-front previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2244974
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For brief partial nudity and mild 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): 111
(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): 07/10/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Ali Selim
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When German-born Inge (Reaser) arrives in her new country, post World War II America, as a mail-order-bride, she finds the locals not as friendly as she would have hoped for. She struggles with the language, the customs, and the local clergy who openly forbid the marriage between Inge and her Norwegian-born intended, Olaf (Guinee). Inge perseveres and tries to secure her new neighbors

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing image quality, with well-balanced contrast and natural flesh tones. Details are not as well resolved as on the best releases. Colors are slightly under-saturated, but they do look fairly natural. Edge enhancement is noticeable, but compression artifacts are rarely seen. (Danny Richelieu)

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