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And The Band Played On

Genre: Drama

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

Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Patrick Bauchau, Nathalie Baye, Christian Clemenson, David Clennon, Phil Collins, Bud Cort, Alex Courtney, David Dukes, Richard Gere, David Marshall Grant, Ronald Guttman, Glenne Headly, Anjelica Huston, Ken Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, Tcheky Karyo, Swoosie Kurtz, Jack Laufer, Donal Logue, Steve Martin, Richard Masur, Dakin Mathews, Ian McKellen, Peter McRobbie, Lawrence Monoson, Jeffrey Nordling, Saul Rubinek, Charles Martin Smith, Stephen Spinella, Lily Tomlin & B.D. Wong

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes well-written cast and crew biographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Home Video
(Catalog Number): 90962
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1993
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 06/05/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roger Spottiswoode
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Randy Shilts, And The Band Played On takes us through the discovery, confusion, fear, panic, apathy, and denial that occured in the summer of 1981 concerning the outbreak of AIDS and the HIV virus. It follows Matthew Modine as Dr. Don Francis, a researcher with the Centers For Disease Control who tries to uncover the cause of the mysterious disease that was claiming more and more lives every day. (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits well-balanced colors that are nicely saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture often has a soft, slightly smeared quality, but other times detail is nicely rendered. Source element artifacts and minor film grain are revealed at times. While the picture lacks a glamorous look that some

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