WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Lover, The

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jane March, Tony Leung, Frederique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Melvil Poupaud, Lisa Faulkner, Xiem Mang, Philippe Le Dem, Ann Schaufuss & Quach Van An

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML102935
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 06/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Screenplay/Written By): Gerard Brach
(Story): NA
(Music): Gabriel Yared
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Thanh At Hoang
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(Editor): Noelle Boisson
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Timothy Burrill
(Producers): Claude Berri

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 A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Lover is the uncensored erotic and romantic tale of a poor 15 year old French school girl (Jane March), living in 1929 French colonial Vietnam, and her sexual awakening and torrid love affair with a rich Chinese man (Tony Leung) who is twice her age. Their relationship is doomed by differences in race, age and class but their desire brings them together despite these obstacles. The story, based on the best-selling autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras, is lovingly told and a joy to watch. It is one of the best films ever produced.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.78:1 transfer is absolutely impeccable. You will be captivated with its stunning cinematography and the realism that this film expresses. A real treat for the eyes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Not only is it visually gorgeous but the sound is exceptional with a very compelling stereo surround ambience. The film is exquisitely enhanced with its engaging sound effects and complemented with a subtle but beautiful music score.
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