WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robert Downey, Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin, Kevin Dunn, Anthony Hopkins, Milla Jovovich, Moira Kelly, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane, Penelope Ann Miller, Paul Rhys, John Thaw, Marisa Tomei, Nancy Travis & James Woods

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD69897WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 9/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Attenborough
(Screenplay/Written By): William Boyd, Bryan Forbes & William Goldman
(Story): Diana Hawkins
(Music): John Barry
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stuart Craig
(Visual Effects): Illusion Arts, Inc.
(Costume Designer): John Mello
(Editor): Anne V. Coates, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Jonathan Bates
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Terence Clegg
(Producers): Richard Attenborough & Mario Kassar

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

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:
Based on “My Autobiography” by Charles Chaplin and “His Life And Art” by David Robinson, Chaplin is a fascinating film that features Robert Downey, Jr. in a wonderful performance as Charlie Chaplin. The movie portrays his obsession and devotion to his work, a major part of his genius and also his shortcomings come to life in this grand scale portrait. Chaplin’s own daughter from his fourth marriage, Geraldine Chaplin, portrays her own grandmother who goes insane.

LaserDisc Picture:
The film is matted at 1.85:1. The picture looks gorgeous without a trace of video artifacts. Flesh tones appear natural and the scene-to scene color fidelity is excellent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack is a little less enveloping than it could have been, but effectively enhances the mood of the picture with an outstanding and well recorded music score by John Barry.
(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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