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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Drama

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

Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Charlize Theron, Deborra-Lee Furness, Mathew St. Patrick, Callum Keith Rennie, Woody Harrelson & Dennis Hopper

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a 16-minute featurette A Mother's Shame, A Family's Pain: The Making Of Sleepwalking, the orignal theatrical trailer, and up-front previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV80004
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language and a scene of violence
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(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): 07/08/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): William Maher
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
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

DVD Picture:
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)