WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Crush, The

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Cary Elwes, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Rubin, Kurtwood Smith.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12926
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 09/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Alan Shapiro
(Screenplay/Written By): Alan Shapiro
(Story): NA
(Music): Graeme Revell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Bolton
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(Editor): Ian Crafford
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gary Barber
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): James G. Robinson

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Crush is the story of a very sexy 14-year-old girl’s harrowing romantic obsession with a 30ish adult man. The two are well played by Elwes and Silverstone in a story of sexual awareness and lust for romance between them. At first he is flattered by the girl’s flirtation, then gripped with outright fear of her turning on him. It becomes clear that if she can’t have him then she intends to make sure that no one can. The plot, while marketed as a thriller, is devoid of any real tension or excitement, and everything is quite predictable with no surprises.

LaserDisc Picture:
This LaserDisc transfer looks great and sounds great. The picture is clear, sharp and bright with well balanced and consistent colors and no artifacts of any kind. Flesh tones are consistently natural throughout. The measured aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is excellent with an enveloping subtle surround ambience and dialogue that always has a natural, dimensional stereo “feel” to it. The stereo and surround ambience is present in every scene, although a more aggressive surround presence would have enhanced the realism and provided a more scary effect.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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