WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Stranger Among Us, A

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Melanie Griffith, John Pankow, Tracy Pollan, Mia Sara, Eric Thal.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1480AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 02/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Sidney Lumet
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert J. Avrech
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Bock
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Philip Rosenberg
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(Editor): Andrew Mondshein
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(Executive Producers): Sandy Gallin & Carol Baum
(Co-Producers): Susan Tarr & Robert J. Avrech
(Producers): Steve Golin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson & Howard Rosenman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Melanie Griffith plays a jaded New York homicide detective who confronts her own cynicism when she goes undercover to investigate the murder of a Brooklyn Hasidic Jew in A Stranger Among Us. While living with the secret world of Hasidim she begins to take seriously the care and respect these people have for one another, contrasted with the hard world she has always known. Griffith becomes infatuated with a young Hasid who is a gifted student of the Jewish religion.

LaserDisc Picture:
Director Sidney Lumet’s beautifully photographed cinematic landscape of New York is retained in this digital video transfer. Fleshtone accuracy and color balance is good throughout. There is no appreciable noise or other artifacts. The picture looks very good. The aspect ratio is 1.75:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is very good with an excellent recording of the music score that perfectly complements the Jewish cultural backdrop. The Dolby Surround® is subtle but effective.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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