WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Mambo Kings, The

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Cathy Moriarty, Maruschka Detmers, Desi Arnaz Jr., Roscoe Lee Browne, Talisa Soto & Celia Cruz

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12308
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 09/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Arne Glimcher
(Screenplay/Written By): Cynthia Cidre
(Story): NA
(Music): Robert Kraft & Carlos Franzetti
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stuart Wurtzel
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(Editor): Claire Simpson
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(Executive Producers): Steven Reuther
(Co-Producers): Jack B. Bernstein
(Producers): Arnon Milchan & Arne Glimcher

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 A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
First-time feature director Arne Glimcher’s stylish direction follows the lives of two Cuban brothers, Cesar (Assante) and the younger Nestor (Bandreas) who come to New York in the midst of the mambo craze of the 1950s, determined to make their fortunes composing as well as performing their own style of mambo.

LaserDisc Picture:
The presentation is a feast for the eyes with its artful compositions and glorious cinematography. The transfer is incredibly sharp with stunning color and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.81:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® encoding provides a natural envelopment for the pounding, infectious mambo music.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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