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Notes On A Scandal
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 121 (Jun 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy & Andrew Simpson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Director Richard Eyre, eight Webisodes (14 minutes), the theatrical trailer, and three featurettes: Notes On A Scandal: The Story Of Two Obsessions (12 minutes), Notes On A Scandal: Behind The Scenes (five minutes), and In Character With: Cate Blanchett (two minutes).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2243891
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and some aberrant 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): 92
(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): Richard Eyre
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sheba Hart (Blanchett), the new art teacher who is a little more than wet-behind-the-ears, is grateful when Barbara Covett (Dench), head of the History Department, takes her under her authoritative, and often harsh, wing. As a friendship is formed, Barbara learns that Sheba, who is already burdened with a husband and two children, has developed an inappropriate

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD shows well-captured, and delivered, fine details. The fibers in clothing and the furrows on faces are easily discernable. Still, there are times when the image can look too soft. Black levels can be deep at times, but these scenes can look too overly contrasted. In day scenes, whites can look too bright, although not to the level of blooming, and blacks can look too gray. Colors are slightly oversaturated, and in night scenes, fleshtones can have an orange hue. Edge enhancement is also noticeable, although it is relatively minor. (Danny Richelieu)

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