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Family Man, The

Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 52 (Sept 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Nicolas Cage T

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with the director and writers, a second commentary with producer Marc Abraham, music score comentary with composer Danny Elfman, nine deleted scenes, a 20-minute making-of featurette, outtakes, a

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20941
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG13 forsensuality and some language.
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(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): 07/17/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brett Ratner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Just about thirteen years after kissing his girlfriend, Kate (Leoni), goodbye at the airport, high-powered bachelor financier Jack Campbell (Cage), wakes up one morning to find himself in a whole new world. Through the work of a magical man (Cheadle), Jack has been transported to New Jersey and is now...The Family Man. Gone is the high-rent apartment, the Ferrari, and the model-like girlfriends. And in their places are a suburban home, a minivan, and two kids...and Kate. This movie was already made in Australia in 1999 and starred Rachel Griffiths (in the Cage role). It was called

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits nicely rendered images that are sharp and detailed. Occasionally scenes appear softly focused. Colors are rich, at times pushing the limit of oversaturation, with slightly orange fleshtones. Still, the majority of the film exhibits good color balance, with nicely rendered fleshtones and deep blacks. Edge enhancement can be bothersome at times. Fine details shimmer slightly on occasion, but overall, the picture is quite solid, and pleasing. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel soundtracks deliver a pleasing sense of envelopment and immersion with the Danny Elfman music score. Otherwise, the audio is predominated by the dialogue, with a substantial balance toward the screen, and often conservative surround envelopment. Voices sound reasonably natural, with their placement in the mix sounding just a bit forward. The music has been nicely recorded and provides for the primary multichannel element of the soundtrack. The .1 LFE is quite an active factor, and provides for a pleasing low-end foundation to the music. The DTS

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DVD-ROM Review:
After installation and running the PCFriendly software, you are brought to an excellent Flash introduction, which is set up like a preview for the movie. After this is complete, you are given a paragraph that you must fill out to continue. The purpose of this is for the program to get a feel for which image would better pertain to you on the DVD-ROM main menu. There are two images, and if you do not like the one they select for you, you can switch it by clicking near the top right corner of the screen. Both menus have links to the same features, which are Features, Crossroads, Making The Family Man, Script To Film Comparison, and Play Trailer. From the Features section, you are given five new sub-sections. Clicking Hi Jack will take you to the DVD-Video portion of the disc, where you will see and hear a ton of people saying,