WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Leap Of Faith

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32792-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 06/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Pearce
(Screenplay/Written By): Janus Cercone
(Story): NA
(Music): Cliff Eidelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Patrizia Von Brandenstein
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Don Zimmerman, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ralph S. Singleton
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Michael Manheim & David V. Picker

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

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:
Leap Of Faith stars Steve Martin in a tour-de-force performance as the Reverend Jonas Nightingale, a con minister who trades souls for donations as he travels America’s heartland. His energy and charisma both on “stage” and off are pure entertainment. The story raises moral questions as the town’s poor and drought-ravaged inhabitants give their last dollar in their belief for salvation as Jonas turns up the heat and puts “meaning into their empty lives.” Interestingly, the technological tools used to faith heal are divulged in various scenes. The movie is a mixture of comedy, love interest, and true belief which results in the unexpected form of a real miracle, a serious counterpoint to Jonas flip attitude.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 transfer features first quality picture and sound which puts this into the exceptional LaserDisc class. The picture is noise-free in the dark sequences and consistently accurate in color fidelity and balance throughout. Images are crisp and sharp.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is magnificent, particularly the gospel music which is prominently featured. Dynamics and bass extension are exemplary as is the sense of a real surround sound field ambience that heightens the drama.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(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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