WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Scent Of A Woman

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Richard Venture, Bradley Whiteford, Ron Eldard, Philip S. Hoffman

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41546
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 157
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 08/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Martin Brest
(Screenplay/Written By): Bo Goldman
(Story): NA
(Music): Thomas Newman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Angelo Graham
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Aude Bronson-Howard
(Editor): William Steinkamp
(Supervising Sound Editors): J. Paul Huntsman
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ronald L. Schwary
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Martin Brest

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 SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Scent Of A Woman is a tour de force for Al Pacino, who won his first Oscar® for Best Actor, playing the blind, bitter and self-destructive retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. In an attempt to earn extra money, a prep school student (Chris O’Donnell) agrees to care for the gruff old man, and the two embark on a journey that will change both of their lives. The performances are fabulous, the story is moving and—Hoo-Ahh!—the characters are unforgettable.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 transfer is absolutely impeccable with excellent color fidelity throughout. You will be captivated with its stunning cinematography and the realism that this film expresses. A real treat for the eyes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Not only is it visually gorgeous but the sound is exceptional with a very compelling but subtle Dolby Surround® ambience. The film is exquisitely enhanced with its engaging sound effects and complemented with Thomas Newman’s beautiful music score.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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