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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Hottest State, The

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Mark Webber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Sonia Braga, Ethan Hawke, Josh Zuckerman, Laura Linney & Michelle Williams

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Bonus features include up-front previews; an option to view the film with commentary from Writer/Director Ethan Hawke; Straight To One, a short film by Ethan Hawke (21 minutes); the original theatrical trailer; and an additional trailer gallery (seven minutes).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): TH!NKFilm
(Catalog Number): TF55605
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content and 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): 117
(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): 12/04/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ethan Hawke
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Just days before his 21st birthday, William (Webber) , an actor, meets and quickly falls madly in love with a sultry singer/songwriter, Sara (Moreno). Completely infatuated, William decides to pursue the elusive singer from the Lower East Side to a snowy weekend in Connecticut to a Mexican hotel room, and finally to a sweltering homecoming in the Hottest State of all, Texas. William

DVD Picture:
Hues of blue and red in the anamorphically enhanced 1.81:1 DVD have an over-saturated appearance that make them really pop from the screen, even if they look somewhat unnatural. When combined with the tones of brown, green, and yellow that make up the majority of the color palette, the bold colors can have a striking effect. Black levels are deep, but shadow delineation is not rendered very well. Edge enhancement is noticeable throughout, and there are times when pixel breakup can also be seen. (Danny Richelieu)

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