WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Public Eye, The
Genre:Mystery Suspence

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41477
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 04/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Howard Franklin
(Screenplay/Written By): Howard Franklin
(Story): NA
(Music): Mark Isham
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Marcia Hinds-Johnson
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(Editor): Evan Lottman, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Robert Zemeckis
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Sue Baden-Powell

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.70:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Public Eye is the story of “The Great Bernzini,” a brash, 1940’s tabloid photographer (Academy Award® winner Joe Pesci) whose camera leads him into a shadowy underworld of mob violence, unlikely romance and dangerous corruption in this atmospheric mystery-thriller. Prowling the crime-ridden, midnight streets of New York City, Leon “Bernzy” Bernstein (Pesci) captures life’s seamy side in his lens. His real passion is his dream that one day his pictures will be recognized as works of art. A ravishing nightclub owner Kay Levitz (Barbara Hershey) praises his art and lures him into investigating the thugs trying to muscle in on her business. Bernzy plunges camera-first into a treacherous realm of black market scams and mafia gang war as he falls for the unattainable Kay.

LaserDisc Picture:
Picture quality is first-rate and the transfer is matted to 1.70:1. Color fidelity is accurate throughout and the still black and whites look gorgeous.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The music score is beautiful and the Dolby Surround soundtrack is well recorded with enveloping surrounds.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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