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Dan In Real Life

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 131 (May 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Steve Carell, Juliette BInoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney, Emily Blunt, Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson, Marlene Lawston, Amy Ryan, Norbert Leo Butz, Jessica Hecht, Frank Wood & Dianne Wiest

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include the 15-minute featurette Just Like Family: The Making Of Dan In Real Life, the nine-minute featurette Handmade Music: Creating The Score, 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary, three minutes of outtakes, commentary by Hedges, a One More Easter Egg, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 556098
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Some innuendo
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/11/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Hedges
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Widower and father of three, Dan Burns (Carell) is used to handing out relationship advice in his weekly newspaper column, Dan In Real Life. With his hands full caring for three daughters, who are growing-up fast, Dan has little time to focus on his own happiness or dating. While attending a semi-annual family get-together, Dan meets Marie (Binoche) while shopping in a local bookstore. Dan immediately falls for Marie, but complications arise when Dan finds that Marie is dating his brother Mitch (Cook). (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD shows solid, deep black levels and good shadow delineation helping create a dimensional-looking image. Colors are bold and vibrant, with a natural balance that brings life to the image. Fleshtones look healthy and accurate. Details are resolved nicely, and pixel breakup is not problematic. Edge enhancement is minor and generally not noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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