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Genre: Documentary

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

Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, Juliette Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Jonathan Paskowitz, Abraham Paskowitz, Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz, Moses Paskowitz, Adam Paskowitz, Salvador Paskowitz, Navah Paskowitz & Joshua Paskowitz

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by Director Doug Pray, Producer Matt Weaver, and Surfer Salvador Paskowitz; the following featurettes: Doc On Health (five minutes), A Walk On Water: Surfer's Healing (three minutes), and Dave Homcy Surfing Cinematographer (four minutes); and 12 minutes of Outtakes And Breaks.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Magnolia Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10093
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and some sexual material
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/29/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Doug Pray
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz decided one day that his successful career as a medical doctor was completely unfulfilling, and so he decided to give it all up for a simpler life. Doc, being more of a doer than a talker, put his plan for a happy life into action

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD looks like a typical documentary, with a collection of archive footage and new interviews in sharp contrast with each over as far as video fidelity. Resolution is quite good on the newer shots, and the older shots are generally cleaned up well. Fleshtones appear too pink, though, and compression artifacts can be recognized. Black levels are relatively high, but shadow detail is adequate. Contrast is balanced well and colors are saturated nicely. (Danny Richelieu)

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