WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Noises Off

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Denholm Elliott, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1359AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 12/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Peter Bogdanovich
(Screenplay/Written By): Marty Kaplan
(Story): NA
(Music): Phil Marshall
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Newberry
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Lisa Day
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Kathleen Kennedy & Peter Bogdanovich
(Co-Producers): Steve Starkey
(Producers): Frank Marshall

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:
“Noises Off...” is the hilariously funny, all-star comedy based on the play by Michael Frayn in which a group of ridiculously inept stage actors rehearse a Broadway-bound play. Everything that could go wrong goes wrong in this behind the scenes raucous, riotous romp of a stage farce. The Amblin Entertainment/Peter Bogdanovich project is based on a real stage comedy with its three acts of escalating pandemonium. The cast is superb, featuring some of today’s biggest comedy favorites in a setting ripe for lots of belly gags as they play out their ineptitudes and jealousies. This is a fun movie to enjoy with family and friends.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer is matted to the theatrical aspect ratio 1.85:1. The picture quality is sharp and pristine with excellent color fidelity and balance that is a pleasure to view.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The real treat is the aggressive Dolby Surround® soundtrack which is fabulous. Every gag is accentuated with a sound effect bedded in a soundfield ambience that shifts in atmosphere with each directional move.
(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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