WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Crying Game, The

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD69039WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 7/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Neil Jordan
(Screenplay/Written By): Neil Jordon
(Story): NA
(Music): Anne Dudley
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jim Clay
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Sandy Powell
(Editor): Kant Pan
(Supervising Sound Editors): Eddy Joseph
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Nik Powell
(Co-Producers): Elizabeth Karlsen
(Producers): Stephen Woolley

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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:
This neo-romantic thriller is the story of bad-seed IRA terrorists caught in the political crossfire of Northern Ireland and one manís journey down an emotional path of discovery and passion. Rea portrays an unsure IRA agent torn between his mission and his compassion. When the agent contacts his hostageís (Whitaker) girlfriend Dill (Davidson), the two fall in love, forming an exotic romance which tears them up between emotional bliss and the calls of duty to the IRA.

LaserDisc Picture:
The widescreen composition is first-rate. The film to video transfer is true to the 2.35:1 scope composition. Everything looks real with natural flesh tones and excellent color fidelity, but the overall image quality sadly lacks the resolution of the best LaserDiscs.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished. It is overly bright and the dialogue sounds harsh. It lacks a natural sense of surround envelopment which could have heightened the reality.
(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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