WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Death Becomes Her

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41424
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 3/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Zemeckis
(Screenplay/Written By): Martin Donovan & David Koepp
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Rick Carter
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Arthur Schmidt
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Zemeckis & Steve Starkey

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 SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A hilarious, murderously wicked tale of the insatiable lust of two women who go to extremes to stay forever young. This melange of special effects coupled with delectable performances captures a satire about two bickering rivals who find a magic potion to keep them alive forever—if they can persuade their plastic surgeon lover to keep their body parts together!

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer looks good at 1.85:1. The fleshtones are a bit on the red side and the color balance in not always consistent. Black level is excellent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is fantastic with well defined extended bass and an outstanding Alan Silvestri’s score. The Dolby Surround® is both enveloping and aggressive throughout with remarkable clarity and dynamics.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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