WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Consenting Adults

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller, E.G. Marshall, Kimberly McCullough, Benjamin Hendrickson, Billie Neal & Forest Whitaker

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1523AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 04/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Alan J. Pakula
(Screenplay/Written By): Matthew Chapman
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Small
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Carol Spier
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(Editor): Sam O’Steen
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(Executive Producers): Pieter Jan Brugge
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Alan J. Pakula & David Permut

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): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Consenting Adults is an exciting and sexy thriller that stars Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as a couple caught up with Kevin Spacey in deception and betrayal. As the two neighboring couples quickly become good friends, the mutual attraction between the four progresses to infidelity and then murder. Kline is accused of murdering his neighbor’s wife, a crime he didn’t commit.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted to 1.85:1, but technically this disc is very disappointing. The picture is red shifted, noisy and very soft.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound has limited bandwidth and is slightly noisy and harsh. Surround is seldom used effectively and then it is subtle. The soundtrack had the potential for greater dynamics and bass extension, and an aggressive use of surround energy for a more thrilling experience.
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