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Christmas Cottage, The

Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 137 (Dec 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Jared Padalecki, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.0
DD Sound Rating: 3.0
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include a commentary track by Director Michael Campus and Artist Thomas Kinkade; 12 minutes of deleted scenes, available with an optional commentary track; the following four featurettes: Building The Christmas Cottage (18 mintues), Home For Christmas: A Conversation With Thomas Kinkade (ten mintues), On The Set With Ed Aknik (two minutes), and Christmas With The Cast (nine minutes); and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 24384
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Language, some suggestive content and smoking
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 11/11/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Campus
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Returning home from college in Berkeley to The small town of Placerville for Christmas, young artist Thomas Kinkade (Padalecki) is dismayed to learn that local attempts to boost tourism have not gone as well as the town

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD shows adequate detail, although it does appear rather soft for the most part. The colors used appear natural, with good saturation and balance. The picture is somewhat bright, with whites that bloom, but contrast is balanced fairly well. Fleshtones are too pale, though. Black levels are elevated, but shadow delineation is rendered nicely. Compression artifacts are minor and rarely distracting, and edge enhancement is not noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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