WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Thousand Pieces Of Gold

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rosalind Chao, Dennis Dun, Michael Paul Chan, Chris Cooper.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hemdale Home Video
(Catalog Number): 8006
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 04/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Nancy Kelly
(Screenplay/Written By): Anne Makepeace
(Story): NA
(Music): Gary Remal Malkin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dan Bishop
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Kenji Yamamoto
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lindsay Law, Sidney Kantor & John Sham
(Co-Producers): Sarah Green
(Producers): Kenji Yamamoto & Nancy Kelly

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): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The incredible and true story of a young Chinese woman torn from her homeland and forced to survive in the frontier of America after her father sells her to slave dealers. Her husband forces her to become a prostitute; she rebels and pays a terrible price for her fight against racism and sexism.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a richly photographed motion picture with an epic quality. The aspect ratio is the European-styled 1.75:1. The digital video transfer is quite good with excellent warmth. The pictures are delightful to look at and capture the roughness of the setting. Color balance and fidelity are superb as is the accuracy of the fleshtones in the dimly lit interior scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is billed as digital stereo, but in fact is mono and suffers from hiss throughout.
(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 Color Fidelity:
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