WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Shining Through
Genre:Mystery Suspense

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith. Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson, John Gielgud.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 5661-85
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 1/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): David Seltzer
(Screenplay/Written By): David Seltzer
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
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(Editor): Craig McKay, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Sandy Gallin & David Seltzer
(Co-Producers): Nigel Wooll
(Producers): Howard Rosenman & Carol Baum

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby SR & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A suspenseful 1940s-style thriller-turned love story of intrigue and espionage set against the backdrop of WWII. Griffith plays a half-Jewish secretary who convinces her intelligence officer boss (Douglas) to let her enter Germany as a spy. A good woman’s film though Griffith is less-than-believable as a spy.

LaserDisc Picture:
The film utilizes locations in East Berlin and East Germany that convey an authentic texture to the presentation. The lushly styled Panavision® production has hundreds of extras and vintage sets, photographed to create a gloomy, dark overcast portrayal of Nazi paranoia. The 2.35:1 transfer is pristine with excellent shadow detail and warm deep-toned hues.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby SR® recorded soundtrack features a haunting orchestral score by Michael Kamen and a natural sounding ambient Dolby Surround® soundfield that envelopes the listener and intensifies the suspense.
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