WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Waterdance, The

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, William Forsythe, Helen Hunt.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 91246
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 03/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Neal Jimenez & Michael Steinberg
(Screenplay/Written By): Neal Jimenez
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Convertino
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Robert Ziembicki
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(Editor): Jeff Freeman
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Guy Riedel
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gale Anne Hurd & Marie Cantin

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.95:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Neal Jimenez’s true-story-inspired The Waterdance is a extraordinary and critically acclaimed drama of the lives of three newly disabled men who learn to adjust to the realities of paraplegia and to the outside world. Set in a rehabilitation center, it is a compelling and uplifting story of courage, friendship and the resiliency of the human spirit which conquers feelings of loss and sadness. Rather than focus on the physical ordeals the Jimenez surrogate Eric Stoltz must endure, it is about his complex relationships with his married girlfriend (Helen Hunt) and those around him. His growing bond between a self-pitying former womanizer (Wesley Snipes) and a racist biker (William Forsythe) is heartening.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is very film-like with a constant balance and good color fidelity throughout. No noise or other artifacts are apparent. Everything looks pretty clean with a soft focus. The aspect ratio of this transfer is approximately 1.95:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is pleasing with good dialogue intelligibility but mostly mono except for the infrequent music score. The Dolby Surround® is virtually non-existent.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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