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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Peter Dinklage & Richard E. Grant,

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a ten-minute The Making Of A Modern Day Tale featurette, a sneak peek of the upcoming movie Twilight, and a trailer for the film Fly Me To The Moon.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Summit Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 66104618
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Thematic elements, some inuendo and language
(Retail Price): $25.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(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): 07/15/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mark Palansky
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Poor Penelope Wilhern (Ricci) suffers from a curse that was placed upon her blue-blooded family in the 19th century by a witch whose daughter was scorned by one of Penelope's ancestors. Born with a pig snout, Penelope is hidden from society for decades by her overbearing mother (O'Hara) in hopes she can find "one of their own kind to accept Penelope, just as she is" as the curse dictates to remove the spell. A well-known, highly successful matchmaker is called upon to line up potential aristocratic suitors that will love the disfigured girl for the person she is on the inside

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD shows fair resolution, with the finest details appearing soft. Shadows are defined well, though, helping create an impressive sense of dimension. Black levels are deep and contrast is balanced nicely, but fleshtones appear pasty and plugged up. The color scheme in general favors green hues, and indoor scenes appear smoky and hazy. Colors are saturated well, and while compression artifacts and edge enhancement can be noticed, they aren

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