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    Unique ID Code: 0000011758
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    Added on: 8/12/2000 07:48
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    Anna and the King (US)

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    "…Filled with grandeur, excitement and deep, uplifting romance!" -NBC TV
    Certificate: PG-13
    Running Time: 147 mins
    Retail Price: $26.98
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    Academy Award winner Jodie Foster and international action star Chow Yun-Fat bring to life the epic true story of a woman who challenged the heart of a king and inspired the destiny of a nation.

    English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens has traveled to Siam to educate the fifty-eight children of King Mongkut. If she has preconceived notions about the East, the King has similar notions about the West. But amid the danger of growing political unrest, their respect for each other slowly turns into something more.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Commentary By Director Andy Tennant
    Five Featurettes
    Television Special
    Six Deleted Scenes
    Theatrical Trailer
    Music Video "How Can I Not Love You" By Joy Enriquez

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Andy Tennant

    Written By:

    Randall Duk Kim
    Syed Alwi
    Tom Felton
    Ling Bai
    Yun-Fat Chow
    Jodie Foster

    Casting By:
    Priscilla John

    Soundtrack By:
    George Fenton

    Director of Photography:
    Caleb Deschanel

    Tracey Wadmore-Smith
    Roger Bondelli

    Costume Designer:
    Jenny Beavan

    Production Designer:
    Luciana Arrighi

    Wink Mordaunt
    Julie Kirkham
    Jon J. Jashni
    Ed Elbert
    G. Mac Brown
    Lawrence Bender
    Eric Angelson

    Executive Producer:
    Terence Chang

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    A nice remake of the familiar story. Correctly described as "east meets west and west meets east".
    The acting is very well done (although I`m not sure just how English Jodie Foster`s accent was).
    The video transfer is very good. The sceneries are amazing and the replicas of the king`s palace in Bangkok are really beautiful (and very accurate, actually). The picture is very well saturated, thus giving the viewer a glimpse of the rich culture of Siam.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good. Eventhough there are not that many sound effects in the movie, the surrounds are used almost constantly and they give a very good enveloping sound.
    The menus are all animated with sound.
    The extras include some nice deleted scenes, an insightful commentary by the director, a music video (never heard that song until now, by the way) and some behind the scenes look (mind you, the entire palace in Bangkok is a huge 7 acre set that was built on a golf course).
    Bottom line - a good movie with stunning visuals. Go for it.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 9/12/2000 17:09