WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

À La Mode

Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jean Yanne, Florence Darel, Ken Higelin.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 3608 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 2/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Remy Duchemin
(Screenplay/Written By): Richard Morgiève & Rémy Duchemin
(Story): NA
(Music): Denis Barbier
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gilbert Druart
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Maryline Monthieux
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Joël Foulon & Daniel Daujon

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): 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:
À La Mode (In Fashion), based on the novel Fausto by Richard Morgieve, is a light romantic French comedy with Ken Higelin in the role of Fausto Barbarico, a seventeen-year-old orphan who is sent to a small Jewish neighborhood in Paris to apprentice with the eloquent tailor Mietek Breslauer (Jean Yanna). Fausto is eager to learn the ways of women and becomes fascinated with their fashion. Using publicity to his advantage his somewhat bizarre designs soon become the rage of the trendy fashion industry and the charming Fausto becomes a celebrity. Wonderful characters make this comedy enchanting and fun, particularly the sexy rompings that his friend and he engage in to win the hearts of the city’s loveliest young women.

LaserDisc Picture:
The sharply defined picture is matted at 1.85:1. The picture is overexposed in some scenes and inconsistent throughout. Fleshtones have a reddish hue and color and contrast levels are inconsistent. Some slight artifacts are noticeable.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished mono which communicates the dialogue but is limited in effectiveness.
(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
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