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Forrest Gump

Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 53 (Oct 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson & Sally Field

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
The Best Picture winner from 1994 has finally arrived on DVD! Paramount is a studio with a deep catalog of titles but has been very conservative thus far in producing full-blown Special Edition DVDs. Well that has now changed with the treatment they

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 15644
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Disc 1: DVD-9/Disc 2: DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 141
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/28/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Zemeckis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The story is told in a series of flashbacks as Forrest, Forrest Gump sits chatting with various strangers while waiting for a bus on a sidewalk bench. Born with an IQ in the mid-70s and a spine with

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing quality throughout. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, though finer details can seem a bit smeared. Colors are well balanced, with accurately rendered fleshtones, and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation exhibit excellent balance. There is some shimmering noticed in the finer details, as well as pixelization. Unfortunately, the DVD has a hard edge contributed by unnecessary edge enhancement. There are few scenes in which its presence is not noticed. The source element is quite clean, with few flecks of dirt noticed. Compared to the LaserDisc, the DVD picture is improved in terms of clarity and color balance. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel discrete soundtrack, which is the same as the previous LaserDisc version (except for a new encoding at 448 kbps), has been deliberately styled to be conservative in terms of dimensional scope. Even during the Vietnam War sequence, the soundstage is substantially balanced toward the screen. The sense of spaciousness is noticeable at times with gentle spread throughout the listening space. The majority of the soundtrack is dialogue and music-driven, and Alan Silvestri

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