WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Past Midnight

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rutger Hauer, Natasha Richardson, Clancey Brown, Guy Boyd.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 92816
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(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): Jan Eliasberg
(Screenplay/Written By): Frank Norwood
(Story): NA
(Music): Steve Bartek
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Sharon Seymour
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(Editor): Christopher Rouse
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(Executive Producers): Paul Hertzberg
(Co-Producers): Nancy Rae Stone
(Producers): Lisa M. Hansen

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:
Past Midnight is a psychological thriller involving passion and betrayal. Ben Jordan (Rutger Hauer) is paroled to a small Washington town after spending fifteen years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend and unborn child. His social worker Laura Mathews (Natasha Richardson) finds him to be mild-mannered and intelligent. She becomes curious about his past and starts to investigate the crime. Her discoveries lead her to believe, at least at first, that he is not guilty. As she becomes more involved with Ben, they begin a passionate love affair and Laura becomes pregnant. It begins to look like history is repeating itself and nothing is what it seems to be.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture on this disc is always sharp and clear but a little muted and pink. The cold colors of the Pacific Northwest are rendered convincingly for a natural looking effect, which enhances the ambience of the setting. The transfer is noise-free and the matted aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound features good stereo definition but almost no surround envelopment. Dialogue and music sound natural and very good.
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