WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadet Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Aileen Quinn.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79696
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 128
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1982
(LD Release Date): 8/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Houston
(Screenplay/Written By): Carol Sobieski
(Story): NA
(Music): Charles Strouse
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dale Hennesy
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Margaret Booth, ACE & Michael A. Stevenson
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joe Layton
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ray Stark

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.25:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Annie, the musical, is based on Harold Gray’s most famous comic strip (lasted 44-years) Little Orphan Annie, and has a wonderful music score, including the hit “Tomorrow” and some great dance scenes. Annie is play-ed by 10-year-old Aileen Quinn and is joined by Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, the crazed orphanage matron. The storyline has Annie borrowed for a week from the orphanage by a hard-boiled billionaire, who uses the publicity to improve his public image, but before you can say, “leapin lizards,” loses his heart instead to the irrepressible, lovable waif, and so begins a true father/daughter relationship.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been recomposed at 2.25:1. The cinematography and picture quality is wonderful with an extremely natural character. Images are sharp and detailed with vibrant color. The picture is solid with noise artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Some 70mm blowup prints had directionalized dialogue, but this version has centered dialogue and terrific stereo music.
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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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