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House Of Games

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 47 (April 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Lilia Skala & J.T. Walsh

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1001277
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1987
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/19/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Mamet
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For David Mamet fans (me, me!), House Of Games will provide the same high level of intriguing dialogue as his other, more familiar scripts like Glengarry Glen Ross and The Spanish Prisoner. And what really makes House Of Games is the performance of Lindsay Crouse as a psychiatrist well-known for her self-help books. We see Margaret Ford in session with one of her patients who is suicidal over gambling debts. The dedicated doctor goes to the man who holds her patient

DVD Picture:
The 1.85:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced, and exhibits images that are slightly soft and wanting in definition. Colors are rich and well balanced, with generally accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Fleshtones occasionally seem a bit orange. The picture is a bit dark in character, and visual information tends to get lost in the darker scenes. Aliasing problems and pixelization are noticed, but edge enhancement is not a factor. Wanting in dimension and clarity, the picture is mediocre overall. (Suzanne Hodges)

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