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Romance & Cigarettes

Genre: Musical

Reviewed In Issue 129 (Mar 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Tuturro & Christopher Walken

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include an introduction to the film by Writer/Director John Turturro, a commentary track from cast and crew, a featurette Making A Homemade Musical (12 minutes), seven deleted scenes with introductions by Turturro, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 12887
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For sexual content including some strong dialouge and language
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(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): 02/12/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Turturro
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When devoted wife Kitty (Sarandon) discovers that her husband Nick (Gandolfini) is having Romance & Cigarettes with the sultry redhead Tula (Winslet), she is devastated. With her daughters (Moore, Parker, Tuturro) firmly on her side, Kitty enlists the help of her oddball cousin Bo (Walken) to help track down the fiery seductress that has threatened her marriage. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD shows muted, undersaturated colors, with a color palette that is very limited. Fleshtones have a brownish tint, as does much of the majority of the picture. Resolution is fairly good, with fine details delivered nicely, but many scenes can look artificially soft and digitized. Black levels are not fantastic, with many of the darker scenes looking milky. Pixel breakup is recognizeable from time to time, but edge enhancement is not overly problematic. (Danny Richelieu)

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