WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Ernie Hudson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1334AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 09/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Curtis Hanson
(Screenplay/Written By): Amanda Silver
(Story): NA
(Music): Graeme Revell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Edward Pisoni
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Jennifer von Mayrhauser
(Editor): John F. Link
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dane A. Davis
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ted Field, Rick Jaffa & Robert W. Cort
(Co-Producers): Ira Halberstadt
(Producers): David Madden

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle is an entertaining, yet chilling thriller about the instinctive emotions in humans to protect their families. Claire Bartel (Sciorra) has the perfect life and family—exactly what Peyton Flanders (De Mornay) desperately desires. Once Peyton deceptively becomes the Bartels’ live-in housekeeper and nanny, this film delivers a lively mix of chills, surprises and edge-of-your-seat thrills.

LaserDisc Picture:
I really liked the look of this transfer. It has a film-like quality in soft, pastel colors which dramatically distances itself from most horror movies. The natural-looking transfer is sharp, focused and noise-free. The aspect ratio is about 1.78:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The well recorded music score by Graeme Revell builds the heart-stopping tension at all the appropriate moments. The Dolby Surround® mix conveys a good sense of envelopment. There is a scene with a rain storm that is quite effective sonically. The special effects add to the excitement and tension.
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