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    Unique ID Code: 0000024759
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 27/10/2001 16:48
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    28 Days: Special Edition (US)

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    She was the life and soul of the party...before she got a life
    Certificate: PG-13
    Running Time: 104 mins
    Retail Price: $24.95
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    Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock), a successful N.Y. journalist and ultimate party girl, loves to have a good time! Trouble is, she never can tell when she`s had enough.

    When Gwen borrows her sister`s (Elizabeth Perkins) wedding limo and plows it into someone`s front porch, the wild life she shares with her boyfriend Jasper (Dominic West) comes to a screeching halt. Earning herself a DUI and a 28-day stretch in rehab. She faces an unthinkable set of rules (no cell phones!) and some strange rituals, like chanting and (gulp!) sharing her feelings.

    Joining up with an eccentric group of fellow rehabbers led by the inimitable Counselor Cornell (Steve Buscemi), Gwen embarks on a touching and often hilarious road to recovery, where she learns that life is not always a party and that real happiness comes from within.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Director, Editor, Composer & Producer Commentary
    HBO Making-Of Special
    Character Testimonials
    "Santa Cruz" Soap Opera: The Lost Episodes
    How to Make a Gum Wrapper Chain
    Guitar Guy`s Lost Songs
    Isolated Music Score
    Theatrical Trailers
    Talent Files
    Production Notes

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

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

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Betty Thomas

    Written By:

    Steve Buscemi
    Azura Skye
    Elizabeth Perkins
    Dominic West
    Viggo Mortensen
    Sandra Bullock

    Casting By:
    Francine Maisler

    Soundtrack By:
    Otis Redding
    Richard Gibbs

    Director of Photography:
    Declan Quinn

    Peter Teschner

    Costume Designer:
    Ellen Lutter

    Production Designer:
    Marcia Hinds

    Jenno Topping
    Celia D. Costas

    Columbia / Tristar

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    To be honest, I was expecting a light comedy, but was surprised to (finally) find Bullock in a dramatic role.
    This movie deals with the sad aspect of being an addict and going through rehab. While the topic is very serious indeed, the movie never gets too heavy or depressing.
    The video transfer is good. There are no compression signs and the slightly de-saturated colors are quite adequate.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is ok. Most of the action (dialog, that is) comes from the center speaker, but the surrounds get to take part in the action, occasionally.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include a commentary, an isolated music track (whatever for?), a behind the scenes look, 3 deleted scenes, an episode from the soap opera within the movie, 2 guitar songs and instructions how to make a chain from gum wrappers (I tried, but I didn`t have enough wrappers). All in all, the extras are extensive and satisfying.
    Bottom line - a good drama with a very solid (and surprising) performance by Bullock.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 28/10/2001 19:58