WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jeremy Irons, Ethan Hawke, Sinead Cusack, Cara Buono, Lena Headey, Grant Warnock, Peter Postlethwaite, David Morrissey & John Heard

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2316LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 07/01/93
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Credits Information
(Director): Stephen Gyllenhaal
(Screenplay/Written By): Peter Prince
(Story): NA
(Music): Carter Burwell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
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(Editor): Lesley Walker
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Katy McGuinness & Patrick Cassavetti

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Director Stephen Gyllenhaal’s screen adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel Waterland stars Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal Of Fortune). Irons portrays a frustrated teacher who finds his cynical students somewhat less than thrilled by the traditional presentations of lessons in world history. When he begins to tell them a series of very personal stories, they join him on a journey into his past that changes their perspectives and shows them the importance of history in understanding the present. This is a very powerful and provocative motion picture.

LaserDisc Picture:
The quality of the 2.35:1 widescreen picture is excellent, with natural well balanced color and consistency from scene to scene. An occasional case of the “video wiggles” mars what would otherwise be visually near perfect.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack on this transfer is outstanding, with powerful bass, an enveloping surround field and great integration of the excellent musical score.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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