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Description of the book "Radio":
Radio is one of those heartwarming, "based on a true story" films that is hard not to like. In many ways, the same can be said about the DVD from Columbia/TriStar, since everything indicates this project was a labor of love. This is never more clear than in the supplements included on this disc, especially in the three featurettes: "Tuning in on Radio," with cast and crew interviews, which is far better than most making-of pieces- "Writing Radio," a discussion with screenwriter Mike Rich and others on what went into creating the screenplay- and "The 12-Hour Football Games of PDF Radio," with the highly enthusiastic sports coordinator Mark Ellis. Not to be outdone, director Mike Tollin provides a scene-specific commentary track. Often monotonic and repetitive from the featurettes, he still offers plenty of insight about this production. The remainder of the supplements include six decent deleted scenes, generic filmographies, the original Sports Illustrated article on DVD-ROM, and the trailers for this film, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, Mona Lisa Smile, Something's Gotta Give, Spellbound, and Rudy. As for the picture and sound, they aren't half bad either. The 1.85:1 image is really as good as it gets PDF. Colors are realistic and never flashy, so they don't overshadow the point of the film, and this transfers perfectly to the digital medium. Skin tones are immediately noticeable, as well, and they come across very naturally. The 5.1 Dolby Digital track isn't spectacular, as it's by and large limited to a type of low-key approach, but there is still plenty of depth to the overall sound scheme. The sound levels occasionally aren't blended adequately, though, and the balance between higher and lower volumes creates a problem. Still, even with some minor faults, this is an PDF exceptional package.