WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Gas Food Lodging

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk, Donovan Leitch, James Brolin.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): COL92536
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 03/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Alison Anders
(Screenplay/Written By): Allison Anders
(Story): NA
(Music): J. Mascis
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jane Stewart
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Tracy S. Granger
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Carl-Jan Colpaert & Cristoph Henkel
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Daniel Hassid, Seth M. Willenson & William Ewart

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): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Gas Food Lodging, based on Richard Peck’s novel “Don't Look And It Won’t Hurt,” is the warm and touching tale of Nora (Brooke Adams), a truckstop waitress and single mother, trying to make a life for herself and her two teenage daughters, Trudi (Ione Skye) and Shade (Fairuza Balk), as told by the younger and more sensitive girl, Shade. This is a women’s story of tensions and desires packed with emotional realism. Beautiful acting and directing with fully developed and believable characters and a poignant, moving story make this “sleeper” of a movie a total joy to watch.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer exhibits some noise and speckle, especially in darker scenes and a slight lack of shadow detail. The color balance is good and consistent but the images look a bit hazy. The aspect ratio measures 2.0:1

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Dialogue sounds clear and natural but the soundtrack sounds mono. There is no surround except for a rare effect and when music is present, which sounds good. The musical score is excellent.
(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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