WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Field Of Dreams

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Timothy Busfield, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster,

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41654
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date): 4/20/90
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Phil Alden Robinson
(Screenplay/Written By): Phil Alden Robinson
(Story): NA
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dennis Gassner
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Ian Crafford
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Brian Frankish
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lawrence Gordon & Charles Gordon

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

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:
Field Of Dreams is based on the book Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. It is a beautiful and emotional fantasy about people, dreams, and baseball. Kevin Costner, in one of his best rolls ever, plays Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who hears a voice in his head while standing in his corn field. “Build it and he will come” says the disembodied voice. Kinsella re-directs his life to follow this and other mystical instructions, plowing under his corn and building a baseball diamond in the middle of nowhere with the complete support of his loving wife played by Amy Madigan. This complete fantasy is sure to delight viewers of all ages.

LaserDisc Picture:
There are some extraordinary contrasted scenes that are beautifully composed, but this transfer suffers from over saturated colors and a slight orange tint to flesh tones in most scenes. Otherwise the images are crisp and sharp. The aspect ratio is 1.78:1 instead of the theatrical 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is excellent with subtle but appropriate surround effects except on music which envelopes and involves the viewer. The musical score is beautifully matched and integrated with the romantic spirit of the film.
(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:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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