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    Unique ID Code: 0000009129
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 15/10/2000 01:13
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    Pleasantville (US)

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    Nothing is as simple as black and white
    Certificate: PG-13
    Running Time: 124 mins
    Retail Price: $24.98
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    Synopsis:
    When 90`s teens David and Jennifer get zapped into the perfect suburbia of the black & white `50`s sitcom, PLEASANTVILLE, what results in a "visionary adventure" that Siskel and Ebert give "Two big thumbs up!"

    Pleasantville`s perfect people include a mild-mannered soda jerk, a socially repressed mom, and a father who always knows best. But, when `90`s pop culture clashes with `50`s family values, chaos ensues, turning the town of Pleasantville upside down and black and white into color.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Audio Commentaries from Director Gary Ross, Producer Steven Soderbergh and Composer Randy Newman
    Featurettes: The Making of Pleasantville and more...
    Theatrical Trailer
    DVD-ROM Screenplay
    Music Video from Fiona Apple

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

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

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English

    Directed By:
    Gary Ross

    Written By:

    Starring:
    Don Knotts
    J.T. Walsh
    William H. Macy
    Joan Allen
    Jeff Daniels
    Tobey Maguire

    Casting By:
    Debra Zane
    Ellen Lewis

    Soundtrack By:
    Randy Newman

    Director of Photography:
    John Lindley

    Editor:
    William Goldenberg

    Costume Designer:
    Judianna Makovsky

    Production Designer:
    Jeannine Claudia Oppewall

    Producer:
    Allison Thomas
    Steven Soderbergh
    Gary Ross
    Edward Lynn
    Jon Kilik
    Robert John Degus
    Susan Borowitz
    Andy Borowitz
    Robin Bissell
    Allen Alsobrook

    Executive Producer:
    Mary Parent
    Michael De Luca

    Distributor:
    New Line Productions

    Your Opinions and Comments

    9 / 10
    What a magnificent movie!!!
    It would be rather difficult to categorize this movie either as a comedy or as a drama.
    It is a mixture of both. And an excellent mixture too.
    The movie is basically a story about a town losing its innocence. As simple as that. It is told in a beautiful, hilarious, nostalgic and sometimes sad way.
    A movie like that deserves a superb video transfer and a superb video transfer it got. The picture is crystal clear and the transitions between black&white and color are breathtaking. You won`t find any compression signs because there aren`t any. An absolutely incredible transfer.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good. It is never too harsh, but the surrounds are used occasionally. The dialog is always clear as well.
    The menus are static and are simple to navigate through.
    The extras are great. They include a behind the scenes look (the section regarding the color and black&white transitions is impressive and extremely informative), about half an hour of technical explanations, two commentaries (very nice and informative), a great music video and some DVD-ROM features as well.
    This is a very special movie. It will make you smile and freeze in awe. It is stunning, both visually and script-wise.

    "Pleasantville" revisited - December 2001
    *********************************************
    It`s been just over a year since I`ve reviewed this movie, but upon watching it for the 2nd and 3rd time, I decided to add some remarks to my previous review.
    The symbolism of the script is quite obvious and not too subtle. The movie is a triumph for everyone who is different. For everyone who thinks differently.
    Upon watching the movie on a big screen TV (61 inches), the magic of the black&white to color transition is even more impressive. The transfer does justice to the colors. The colors are deep and contrasted. The scene with the red rose is nothing short of amazing. You can almost smell the rose as it leaps out of the screen while the surrounding garden is still in black&white.
    The music in the movie is truly awesome. Most of it belongs back in the 50`s. The piece with the violins is simply incredible (I won`t tell where it belongs, since that could spoil the plot for you). The 2nd commentary is by the composer of the music and I really enjoyed listening to him explain how he composed an appropriate score for each scene.
    Bottom line - this movie is a remarkable achievement. It can be enjoyed over and over again since its main lesson that "nothing is as simple as black and white" is so very true.
    A must have.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 15/10/2000 15:10