WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

My Own Private Idaho

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2346LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 06/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Gus Van Sant
(Screenplay/Written By): Gus Van Sant
(Story): NA
(Music): Bill Stafford
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Brisbin
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(Editor): Curtis Clayton
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(Executive Producers): Gus Van Zant
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Laury Parker

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Ultra Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
If you are a film student you might want to view this one from the director of Drug Store Cowboy, Gus Van Sant. Artistically it is a tour de force and is hailed by several critics as one of “the best American films of the ’90s.” If you are looking for entertainment, look elsewhere. It is a totally unique film with arresting imagery and experimental technique that captures the callous life of street hustlers. My Own Private Idaho, named after a song by the B-52’s, is the story of two young homosexual male prostitutes who hustle the streets between Seattle and Portland. While surely there are people who live like this and deserve some compassion for their situation, you may find it a chore as it was for us to sit through this ultra-depressing tale.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality on this 1.75:1 transfer imparts a vivid sense of reality with color that is deeply hued The picture, however, appears a bit grainy in parts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Recorded in Ultra Stereo®, the sound has good stereo definition, subtle surround effects and good dynamics.
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