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MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Brief Strong Language)
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Starring: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour
Written and Directed by: Eran Kolirin
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: The Band's Visit: Making The Fairy Tale, Photo Gallery, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English/Hebrew/Arabic Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Scene Selections (28 Scenes)
Released: July 29th, 2008
"The Band's Visit" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. It's a pretty decent, if uneven transfer. The well shot Middle East exteriors look really nice here, with excellent detail. Fleshtones are very accurate, and colors are well saturated: bright and bold, without smearing (those powder blue suits the band wears certainly pop out). I did not see any edge enhancement, either.
Unfortunately though, scenes that take place at night struggle a bit as far as detail and resolution. There are also plenty of times that the movie looks really grainy, and there are some blemishes and dirt pieces that pop up. Edge halos are a constant presence, and there is some mosquito noise and shimmering to be had. It's a case of taking the bad with the good here, but personally, I wish there was more good.
English subtitles are included.
Also on the disc is a Photo Gallery, plus the Theatrical Trailer.
"The Band's Visit" is an often amusing and touching movie, about the universal experiences and interests that really bring people from all walks of life together. The movie's presentation is above average, and other than a nice featurette, there isn't much in way of extras. Lovers of world cinema may want to add it to their collections, but for everyone else this makes a really great rental.