WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Black Beauty

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 14400
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 10/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Caroline Thompson
(Screenplay/Written By): Caroline Thompson
(Story): NA
(Music): Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Box
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Jenny Beavan
(Editor): Claire Simpson
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard E. Yawn, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Shapiro & Peter MacGregor-Scott

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:
Black Beauty is based on the classic 1877 novel by Anna Sewell about the life of a spirited horse and the different owners he has had. Told through the eyes of the kindly equine, Beauty shares his experiences at the hands of unfeeling humans, as well as his days serving much kinder masters. Children especially will enjoy this faithful retelling of the inspirational tale.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is superb with no serious artifacts to mar the 1.85:1 matted presentation. Images are sharp with excellent detail. Deep blacks and good shadow detail combine with good color fidelity and contrast, and fleshtones that are always natural looking.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack is great with nicely spatial, but subtle surrounds and a wonderful score by Danny Elfman.
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