WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Howards End

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 26776
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 143
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 06/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): James Ivory
(Screenplay/Written By): Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Robbins
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Luciana Arrighi
(Visual Effects): Effects Associates
(Costume Designer): Jenny Beavan & John Bright
(Editor): Andrew Marcus
(Supervising Sound Editors): Campbell Askew
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Paul Bradley
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ismail Merchant

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.00:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Named Best Picture Of The Year by the National Board of Review and nominated for nine Academy Awards® (including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress), Howards End is a compelling adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel of Edwardian England. The story is about the Schlegal sisters (Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter) and how their lives are shattered by Margaret’s marriage to a rich widower (Anthony Hopkins).

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.00:1 framed picture has a film-like warmth with excellent color fidelity overall and accurate flesh tones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is pleasant although with a trace of analog noise throughout, but with surrounds that envelop.
(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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Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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