WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cemetery Club, The

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis, Diane Ladd, Danny Aiello, Lainie Kazan.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1781AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 06/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bill Duke
(Screenplay/Written By): Ivan Menchell
(Story): NA
(Music): Elmer Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Maher Ahmad
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John Carter, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): David Manson, Philip Rose & Howard Hurst
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): David Brown, Sophie Hurst & Bonnie Palef

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based upon the stage play by Ivan Menchell, a heartwaming comedy about a circle of lifelong friends who meet each week for support and companionship. The story progresses as each faces widowhood. While visiting their spousesí graves, Ellen Burstyn and Danny Aiello meet and begin a tender courtship, to the concern of their other friends.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted aspect ratio is 1.85:1. The transfer is generally excellent with natural flesh tones and color balance throughout. Contrast is also excellent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack suffers from generally harsh and sibilant dialogue. Fidelity is not what it should have been given this is a modern day production. Without music the sound is generally mono. Surround presence is subtle and then only with music in the track.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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