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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 48 (May 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker, Ian Hart, John Simm, Stuart Townsend, Kika Markham, Jack Shepherd, John Simm, Enzo Cilenti, Sarah-Jane Potts, David Fahm, Ellen Thomas & Peter Marfleet

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer and that film highlight forced ad that comes after the menu (you can avoid it by beginning the movie through the Chapter Selection rather than the Play option)

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21255
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong sexuality and for language.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1999
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/27/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Winterbottom
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Wonderland is an ensemble drama that follows the lives of three sisters from a British working-class family who, though they lead very different lives, are all searching for the same thing: happiness and contentment. Nadia (McKee) is on her own and in search of a decent man to share love and companionship with. Molly (Parker) is an expectant mother facing all the uncertainties that go with that, and Debbie (Henderson) is still in search of her place in the world. (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.30:1 DVD exhibits a wild, overly contrasted picture, with minimal definition and fine detail. Colors are consistently undersaturated, though appropriately balanced. Visual information is all but lost in the darkest scenes. Film grain is excessively perceived throughout, but the DVD picture well represents the stylish creation of the filmmakers. (Suzanne Hodges)

This soundtrack, though presented in Dolby