WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

B.A.P.S. (Black American Princesses)

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Halle Berry, Martin Landau, Ian Richardson, Troy Beyer & Natalie Desselle

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3959LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
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Credits Information
(Director): Robert Townsend
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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 Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In B.A.P.S, Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle star as Nisi and Mickey, two waitresses at a crossroads in life. Underpaid and unappreciated, they dream of owning a hair salon/restaurant. There’s one problem, they’re broke. When the chance to audition as dancers for Heavy D’s new music video, Nisi and Mickey head to L.A. to try out. They fail to get the part, but Nisi lands the most improbable role of all when she is hired by the corrupt nephew of a dying billionaire (Martin Landau) to pose as the granddaughter of his long-lost love.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits excellent color fidelity with natural colors, accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Shadow detail and contrast is superb. Images are sharp and detailed, sometimes using a softer focus. Only the slightest noise is apparent, but there are no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack’s dialogue is well recorded, but often has a forward presence that lacks spatial integration. The Dolby® Digital 5.1 soundtrack is distinguished from the PCM version with occasional split surround effects and a slightly wider soundstage, but the matrix delivers a richer presence.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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