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White Oleander [WS] [DVD] [2002]

Release Date:03/11/2003
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White Oleander [WS] [DVD] [2002]
White Oleander [WS] [DVD] [2002]


Expected to bring in both big box office and Oscar nominations (it did neither), White Oleander is the kind of film that generally goes further on home video than in the theaters. The DVD is a mix, though, as the image, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (there is a full-frame version also available) lacks good detail. It's soft, but not a horrible distraction, since the actual transfer is nearly perfect. Colors are somewhat muted, though possibly intentional for effect. As for the 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, it's nothing to get to excited about. Surrounds are basically nonexistent, though dialogue is clear and distinguishable. Fortunately, giving it some life, the bass does go into effect at very appropriate times, creating a deep sonic result. Though far from a special edition, Warner has included a number of extras. First off is a scene-specific commentary track from director Peter Kosminsky, producer John Wells, and author Janet Fitch. Next is a standard Hollywood PR piece, entitled "The Journey of White Oleander," which means you get as many scenes from the film as actual interviews. It doesn't amount to a whole lot. In addition to this is another brief featurette, called (excitingly enough) "The Making of White Oleander." There's little variation between these two though, and seems odd to need both. Also included are six deleted scenes, along with some cast and crew information, and the theatrical trailer.



Feature-length commentary by director Peter Kosminsky, producer John Wells and original novel author Janet Fitch.

Enthralling additional scenes

2 behind-the-scenes visits with the cast & creators: The Journey of White Oleander and The Making of White Oleander

Interactive menus

Theatrical trailer

Cast/director/writer film highlights

Scene access

Languages: English & Français

Subtitles: English, Français & Español