WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Chasing Amy

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell & Jason Mewes

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1512L
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
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Credits Information
(Director): Kevin Smith
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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): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The third installment in Kevin Smith’s “New Jersey Trilogy”—following the acclaimed Clerks and the criticized Mallrats—Chasing Amy focuses on love in the 1990s through the lives of three professional comic book creators: Holden (Ben Affleck), Banky (Jason Lee) and Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams). Holden, frustrated to learn that Alyssa is gay, soon finds himself in a very intimate friendship with her—a relationship that forces Holden to decide whether he is willing to let her go. Supplements include screen specific commentary by several cast and crew members, deleted scenes, outtakes, the theatrical trailer, video introductions and The Askewniverse Legend: a guide to the characters in the trilogy.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is very colorful with fully, if not oversaturated color fidelity, richly hued fleshtones, vibrant colors and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed with good shadow detail and contrast. Slight noise is apparent, but there are no artifacts.

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Both the Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete and PCM matrix soundtracks are mediocre with a predominately mono presence with ADR-produced dialogue, except for surround enveloping music and occasional effects.
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