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Almost Famous

Genre: Comedy Drama

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

Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor & Philip Seymour Hoffman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes an excellent making-of featurette, production notes, cast and crew biographies, screen reprints of seven of Crowe

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 87818
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for language, drug content, and brief nudity.
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/13/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Cameron Crowe
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Culled from the memory of writer-director, Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous follows the exploits of young William Miller (Fugit), a 15-year-old music fan and aspiring writer in the mid-1970s. Given a chance by Creem magazine rock critic Lester Bangs (Hoffman) to write a story on Black Sabbath, William can

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a beautiful picture, with images that appear very natural, thanks to the wonderful color fidelity. Hues are rich and well balanced, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are excellent, with superb visual information and depth in the darker scenes. Images are sharp and nicely detailed throughout, though softly focused at times. Minor pixelization is detected, and it is the ugly edge enhancement that occasionally mars what would otherwise be a pristine visual experience.(Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel soundtracks are entertaining, but usually limited in terms of dimension. Much of the audio presentation is driven by dialogue, and also music, which in turn should be appealing to fans of early 1970s music. Except for the instances during concert performances where the soundstage comes alive with energy, and a dramatic scene with an airplane getting caught in a turbulent thunderstorm, the soundstage is substantially balanced toward the screen. The music consists predominantly of repurposed classic rock hits, and is also characteristically screen-based, with occasionally subtle to moderate envelopment. Though this isn

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