Simon Birch

Simon Birch

Ian Michael Smith
Director: Mark Steven Johnson Cast: Ian Michael Smith
Ian Michael Smith
, Joseph Mazzello
Joseph Mazzello
, Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd
Mark Steven Johnson

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Love comes in all sizes, and the proof is in the dramatic comedy Simon Birch. The film is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and is in only passable shape. The transfer does sport its fair share of solid colors and black levels, though the edges often feature an annoying softness around them. Simon Birch is a film in desperate need of an anamorphic enhancement, and maybe someday soon fans will be treated to such an event. Until then they're stuck with this mediocre image. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in French. The 5.1 mix on this disc isn't bad, though it also isn't great -- the directional effects only tend to kick in when the sappy music swells over various scenes. Otherwise, only a scattering of very subtle effects can be found on this sound mix. However, fans will be pleased to find this mix void of any excessive hiss or distortion. No alternate subtitles or soundtracks are included on this disc. Viewers will weep a river when they find out that this disc is completely bare bones -- not even a theatrical trailer has been included on this DVD release of Simon Birch.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/1999
UPC: 0717951002358
Original Release: 1998
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 13,528

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; French-language track, Dolby Surround; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian Michael Smith Simon Birch
Joseph Mazzello Joe Wenteworth
Ashley Judd Rebecca Wenteworth
Oliver Platt Ben Goodrich
David Strathairn Reverend Russell
Dana Ivey Grandmother Wenteworth
Beatrice Winde Hilde Grove
Jan Hooks Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll Marjorie
Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos Ann
Sam Morton Stuart
Jim Carrey Adult Joe Wenteworth

Technical Credits
Mark Steven Johnson Director,Screenwriter
Billy Higgins Co-producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
David Chapman Production Designer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Laurence Mark Producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Howard Ellis Associate Producer,Asst. Director
John Baldecchi Executive Producer
Barbara Cohen Casting
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Schneider Cinematographer
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer,Editor
Carolyn A. Loucks Set Decoration/Design
Abram Waterhouse Costumes/Costume Designer
John Irving Source Author

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