WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Meeting Venus

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Glenn Close, Niels Arestrup.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12309
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 8/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Istavan Szabo
(Screenplay/Written By): Istavan Szabo & Michael Hirst
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Wagner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Attila Kovacs
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Jim Clark
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): David Puttnam

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.93:1

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:
A charming romantic comedy set within Opera Europe in Paris. This is a story of the swollen egos of a talented, but difficult diva and an opera company with impossible artists, commanded by a virtually unknown, temperamental conductor. In the course of a chaotic production of Wagner’s Tannhauser, the diva and maestro fall in love.

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer is impressive with its sharp, noiseless picture and excellent color balance. The aspect ratio is matted at 1.93:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is magnificent and noteworthy for the beautiful music of Richard Wagner. The Dolby Surround® envelopes the listener with excellent soundstage imaging and depth. The music score features the voices of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Rene Kollo, Hakan Hagegard and Waltraud Meier. Accompaniment is by the Ambrosian Singers and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski and featuring pianist Catherine Cournot. This LaserDisc excels on home theatre systems with excellent music reproduction capability.
(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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