WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, Joel Grey

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 785
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1972
(LD Release Date): 03/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Bob Fosse
(Screenplay/Written By): Jay Presson Allen
(Story): NA
(Music): John Kander
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Charolette Flemming
(Editor): David Bretherton, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Cy Feuer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.00:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the musical play by John Van Druten, stories by Christopher Isherwood and book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret is the eight-time Academy Award®-winning musical that brought stardom and Oscars® for Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Set in 1931 Berlin, as the Nazis rise to power, the story intercuts the menacing happenings outside and the escapist entertainment inside the Kit Kat Club. There, starry-eyed Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish master of ceremonies (Joel Grey), set the stage for decadent fun, despite the political unrest outside the club. John Kander’s music and Fred Ebb’s lyrics bring life to this wonderful musical landmark.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.0:1 transfer is soft, pink, and inconsistent. Some scenes show signs of film damage and others look very good. The quality improves as the film progresses.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is bright. There is no surround nor much stereo other than the musical numbers. Nevertheless it is a classic.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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