WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Little Princess, A

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Liesel Matthews

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 19100
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 9/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Alfonso Cuaron
(Screenplay/Written By): Richard LaGravenese & Elizabeth Chandler
(Story): NA
(Music): Patrick Doyle
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bo Welch
(Visual Effects): Warner Bros. Imaging Technology
(Costume Designer): Judianna Makovsky
(Editor): Steven Weisberg
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bob Newlan
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Alan C. Blomquist & Amy Ephron
(Co-Producers): Dalisa Chohen
(Producers): Mark Johnson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.95:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Magnificently directed and photographed, this family classic is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (author of The Secret Garden). The story begins in India where the imaginative young Sara Crewe lives with her devoted father until he is called to military service in World War I. Sara is then sent to a strict all-girl boarding school in New York; the same one that her late mother attended. When the headmistress, Mrs. Minchin receives news that Sara’s father has been killed in battle and that there will be no futher monies for her care, Sara is left to become a servant to Mrs. Minchin.

LaserDisc Picture:
The image quality of the matted 1.95:1 picture is exquisite with each new scene as captivating and breathtaking as the previous. The magnificent composition of each shot is storytelling magic and every nuance of every frame has been preserved in this incredible transfer. The picture is exemplary of lifelike naturalness with incredibly photographed interior scenes. Fleshtones are perfectly natural and accurate as is the color fidelity, and the picture exhibits excellent contrast and shadow detail. Blacks are deep and solid and images are sharp and detailed. There is no noise or grain, or artifacts to mar the pristine viewing experience. This is one captivating, enchanting, visually hypnotic

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Little Princess is the tenth Dolby AC-3® LaserDisc to be released. The 5.1 digital presentation is excellent although it does not significantly distinguish itself in comparison to the Dolby ProLogic® matrix version, except for the attention the mix draws to discrete localization. Both have subtle surrounds and the occasional effect. But the differences are small with the matrix version often sounding more spatial.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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