WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Jennifer 8

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Kathy Baker, Lance Henriksen, John Malkovich.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): 32495-2WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 06/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bruce Robinson
(Screenplay/Written By): Bruce Robinson
(Story): NA
(Music): Christopher Young
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Richard MacDonald
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(Editor): Conrad Buff
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(Executive Producers): Scott Rudin
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gary Lucchesi & David Wimbury

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:
Jennifer 8 is the story of a detective (Andy Garcia) and his obsession with finding the serial killer responsible for the deaths of a group of young women many years previous to a current series of deaths he believes is being committed by the same person. He uncovers a witness, a blind girl (Uma Thurman) who becomes his love interest, and who may become the next victim. The story has many twists, turning suspicion back to the detective himself. John Malkovich co-stars in the part of the intense internal affairs interrogator. The movie is tops in suspense with a surprise edge-of-your-seat ending.

LaserDisc Picture:
Unfortunately, while this is otherwise a very terrific movie, the picture quality is very poor. It has far too many inconsistencies in its color balance with over saturation and a pinkish-red tint to the flesh tones a glaring artifact. Then there is quite a bit of noise throughout the picture. The aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack exhibits a great deal of background noise throughout which masks the detail. Surround envelopment and effects are excellent in parts and there is considerable bass response at 31.5 Hz. Perhaps a future transfer will get it right.
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