Tara (Robb) is a 12-year-old who must come to terms when her mother, Joleen (Theron), abandons her to the care of her Uncle James (Stahl). After being taking into the state's foster-care system, James visits Tara at the group home she now lives in, and Tara begs her uncle to take her away somewhere
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD shows good detail, with fine textures preserved well, but poor compression makes the image look digitized and smeared. Random noise is also visible throughout. The poor compression rates could be because they fit both the widescreen and full-screen versions of the movie on the same side of the disc. Black levels can be deep, but there are times when they look washed-out and flat. Shadow delineation is good though. Fleshtones have a cold, pale appearance and the color scheme is dominated by cool hues. Colors are desaturated and contrast is low. Edge enhancement is relatively minor, but can be distracting at times. (Danny Richelieu)
Reason #105 Why Readers Love Widescreen Review:
Since Issue 5 (my first), I focused on reviews of Laser Discs and now DVDs, and From The Editor's Couch. Also, WSR has a lot of punch in the new equipment features. The technical essays have been superb! My home theatre setup depended (and still depends) on knowledge gained from WSR. WSR has become the media reference for me with regard to picture and sound quality assurance in display equipment and widescreen entertainment (movies, music events, and documentaries). I still do not have Issues 1 through 4 or the Premiere Special Edition of WSR and hope you put them on the subscribers' site eventually, so that I can giggle at some of the early typos and slips (if you leave them in). However, I'm sure that the early editions make for interesting historical reading as well, because I believe WSR has moved the display industry forward through the pushing the envelope attitude of Gary Reber. Carry on.