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Married Life

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 135 (Oct 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Pataricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams & David Wenham

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
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 a feature commentary track by Director Ira Sachs, three alternate endings, the original theatrical trailer, and additional previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 25809
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For some thematic elements and a scene of sexuality
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(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): 09/02/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ira Sachs
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Harry (Cooper) and Pat (Clarkson) have a nice respectable Married Life, or so it would seem to anyone who knows them. But, when Harry meets Kay (McAdams), a lovely young lady, he falls helplessly in love and feels he must have her. Having decided that a divorce would cause his lovely wife too much pain, Harry opts to kill Pat instead. When Harry's best friend Richard (Brosnan) meets Kay, love and friendship are contemplated as Harry also falls in love with her, wishing to have Kay for himself. Based on the book Five Roundabouts To Heaven by John Bingham. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD shows good resolution, with fine details defined very well. Black levels are elevated, but shadows are still nicely detailed. There is spurious noise that does not look like film grain, and there are occasional flecks of dirt noticeable. Additionally, pixel breakup can be a distraction. Colors are muted, with a desaturated appearance. Fleshtones are redder than natural. Edge enhancement, though, is not a problem. (Danny Richelieu)

Even though dialogue is encoded at fairly low levels, making it difficult to hear at times, the Dolby