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Cotton Mary

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 49 (June 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Greta Scacchi, Madhur Jaffrey, James Wilby, Sarah Badel, Joanna David, Neena Gupta, Sakina Jaffrey, Gemma Jones, Nadira, Prayag Raaj, Surekha Sikri & Laura Lumley

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20979
(MPAA Rating): R
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(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): 124
(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): 01/30/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ismail Merchant & Madhur Jaffrey
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lily and John Macintosh (Scacchi and Wilby) live on the Malabar Coast of India, just after its independence from Great Britain. It is a time when the native Indian people are struggling for status in their own country. While hospitalized during the premature birth of their second child, Lily meets the, so she says, half-British, half-Indian military nurse, Cotton Mary (Madhur Jaffrey), who cunningly ingratiates herself into Lily

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing picture that is easy on the eyes, with a warm, natural color scheme. Occasionally, colors border oversaturation, with rich, bold reds, and fleshtones that appear slightly orange. Images are generally sharp and detailed throughout, with nicely rendered fine detail. The picture has a slightly dark character, but viewing in a completely blackened room is helpful. Edge enhancement can be a distraction at times, but otherwise images are smooth and pleasing. Minor source element artifacts are noticed throughout. (Suzanne Hodges)

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