21 Grams DVD Review

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by Phil Hinton Sep 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    21 Grams DVD Review
    SRP: £19.99


    Presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 the image looks very good with plenty of detail present in the print and mirrors the R1 disc in terms of quality. The overall appearance is one of grain in every scene, but this is intentional and is not distracting, instead it adds to the decollate scenery and deep emotion of the piece. Colours are bland by design and over saturated, but this looks good and there are no signs of edge enhancement or other digital artefacts.
    21 Grams Picture


    As with the R1 release and all of Focus Features recent output we are given both DTS and Dolby 5.1 soundtracks and both handle the source material with no problems. Being a dialogue heavy movie there are not many excuses for over the top mixing, but there are good panning effects here and there and a nice enveloping feel to the subtle material. Comparing both sound formats and you are hard pushed to notice any real differences as both a nicely dynamic and produce good intelligible dialogue.
    21 Grams Sound


    Unlike the R1 release this R2 disc has a trailer and a behind the scenes documentary. These extras are light, but welcome after the bare bones US disc which caused some disapointment earlier in the year. The Documentary has some interesting behind the scenes footage along with the director and cast providing some insight into the movie, and is certainly worthy of a viewing.
    21 Grams Extras


    A slight step up on the R1 US disc in terms of extras with good picture and sound accompanying an outstanding main feature. Recommended.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99

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