WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Claudio Bigagli, Galatea Ranzi, Michael Vartan, Lino Capolicchio, Constanze Engelbrecht, Athina Cenci, Giovanni Guidelli, Norma Martelli, Pier Paolo Capponi, Chiara Caselli & Renato Carpentieri

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2604LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 7/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
(Screenplay/Written By): Sandro Petraglia, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
(Story): Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
(Music): Nicola Piovani
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gianni Sbarra
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Roberto Perpignani
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Grazia Volpi

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Fiorile (Wild Flower) is an epic tale of intrigue, betrayal and murder. The story is about the Benedetti family and its ill-gotten wealth which has brought upon them a curse that has haunted the family for generations. The modern segment of the film has Luigi Benedetti telling his children the mysterious and magical story of their ancestors—from a young French soldier who sacrifices his life for a beautiful Italian peasant girl, to a sister’s ultimate act of ven-geance. The beautiful Tuscany countryside serves as backdrop for this provocative tale of forbidden love, passion and deadly romance.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is presented in the European 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The picture is natural in appearance with accurate fleshtones and good color fidelity. Contrast and shadow detail are good, and artifacts are few and grain is slight for an overall pleasing picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The digital monaural soundtrack is very well recorded. The presentation would have been better served if the sound was stereo. Dialogue intelligibility is excellent.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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