WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dead Again
Genre:Mystery Suspense

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kenneth Branagh, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32057-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 06/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Kenneth Branagh
(Screenplay/Written By): Scott Frank
(Story): NA
(Music): Patrick Doyle
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tim Harvey
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(Editor): Peter E. Berger, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Sydney Pollack
(Co-Producers): Dennis Feldman
(Producers): Lindsay Doran & Charles H. Maguire

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:
Kenneth Branagh and wife Emma Thompson play dual roles in this psuedo film noir romantic murder mystery about an L.A. private detective who helps out an amnesia victim in a complex web of events that links the present with a murder 40 years prior. Convoluted but enjoyable.

LaserDisc Picture:
Director Branagh presents a very entertaining feature embracing the romanticism of the supernatural using alternate black and white photography for the flashback “dream” sequences and color for the gripping modern day sequences. The digital video transfer is pristine with its contrasting color and black and white sequences. The color accuracy looks to be unbalanced with face tones slightly on the reddish side. The focus is sharp at all times. There is not a trace of video noise or other picture degrading artifacts. The aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Patrick Doyle’s music score is quite a dynamic piece of sonic orchestration. It is moving and thrilling, with spectacular use of kettle drums to create the sense of danger and conflict.
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