WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Color Purple, The

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong & Whoopi Goldberg

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11534AB
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 154
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1985
(LD Release Date): 7/87
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Steven Spielberg
(Screenplay/Written By): Menno Meyjes
(Story): NA
(Music): Quincy Jones
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): J. Michael Riva
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Aggie Guerard Rodgers
(Editor): Michael Kahn, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard L. Anderson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jon Peters & Peter Guber
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

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:
The Color Purple received eleven Academy Award®-nominations and countless “Best Picture of the Year” awards. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, this is a powerful, richly textured, decades spanning story of the indomitable Celie (Goldberg), a young woman forced to marry a brutal man she calls “Mister” (Glover) in the deep American south. Goldberg won the Best Actress Golden Globe Award and an Oscar® nomination—and the acclaim for her impressive portrayal as her best work ever.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is one of those rare perfect films of the heart that you will never forget. Allen Daviau’s gorgeous natural-looking cinematography is fully complemented by the richly balanced colors of this matted1.66:1 transfer.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The inspired music score by Quincy Jones was wonderfully recorded on the old MGM sound stage by Bruce Botnick.
(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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