WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Please Donít Eat The Daisies

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige, Spring Byington, Richard Haydn.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML101301
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1960
(LD Release Date): 1/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Charles Walters
(Screenplay/Written By): Isobel Lennart
(Story): NA
(Music): David Rose
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): George W. Davios & Hans Peters
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John McSweeney, Jr., ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Joe Pasternak

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Please Donít Eat The Daisies is based upon the book by Jean Kerr. This family comedy is about the problem life of a drama professor (David Niven) who becomes one of New Yorkís top seven drama critics. Now a critic for a major New York daily, he is scorned by a family friend who is a Broadway producer because in his first review he pans his friendís show and the leading ladyís performance. War is declared. His supportive wife (Doris Day) keeps their four bratty kids in line in a knockout performance as a tireless, energetic wife and mother. Really, a story never develops, but we are party to the tribulations of a drama critic and his inner circle.

LaserDisc Picture:
Picture quality is generally bad with inconsistencies in color fidelity and balance from scene-to-scene. It is particularly glaring at each scene change and with fleshtones. The 2.40:1 picture lacks sharpness and there is apparent grain throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The monaural soundtrack is passable but undistinguished.
(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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